Air Force awards satellite study contract
Effort will focus on Ka-band architectures and acquisition strategies
- By William Welsh
- Mar 07, 2011
The Air Force has awarded Hughes Network Systems LLC a $495,000 contract to conduct an architectural study of system capabilities for commercial communications satellites that would be used to support military needs.
Specifically, the report will examine Ka-band architectures and focus on the role commercial satellites will play in future tactical communications-on-the-move (COTM), the company said in an announcement today.
The study will analyze the following:
- COTM requirements and scenarios using processing satellite architectures.
- COTM applications using transponded satellite architectures.
- Multi-frequency, time division multiple access technologies.
- Commercial satellite acquisition processes.
The report is scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate in July.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.