Geospatial and Intelligence

NATO inks $1.7B deal for Block 40 Global Hawks

NATO officials have signed a $1.7 billion contract with Northrop Grumman for five Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles that the alliance plans to use for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

DigitalGlobe rejects takeover offer from rival GeoEye

Satellite imaging services provider DigitalGlobe has rejected a $792 million takeover offer from rival GeoEye maintaining that the hostile bid substantially undervalued the company.

House tries to breathe life into Global Hawk Block 30 program

The House Armed Services Committee has designated $260 million in its mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 for the Air Force to continue operating its Block 30 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.

Satellite export controls loom over national security, economy

Momentum for satellite export reform stalled by complex and technical nature of the issue.

Bigger isn't always better: Air Force looks to simplify satellite systems

The Air Force is reflecting on the size of its satellite systems, but not in the traditional military sense, where bigger has always seemed to be better.

DARPA wants navigation chip to guide smart weapons

DARPA wants to reduce the military's reliance on Global Positioning System satellite guidance for advanced munitions, missiles and other weapons by putting a navigation system on a chip.

Budget cuts change the landscape for satcom and satellite usage

Satellite communications take on a new role as military space assets redeploy and budgets decline.

Lawmakers ask FCC to reconsider on LightSquared

A quartet of lawmakers has asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to find a viable solution that will allow prospective wireless provider LightSquared to launch its planned 4G network.