Satellite Communications

DARPA looks for better satellite security

As defense agencies increasingly deploy constellations of low-earth orbit satellites, they want input into how to bake in security.

Air Force, ULA agree on the process for certifying Vulcan launch vehicle

The agreement could help streamline the evaluation process; the Space and Missile Systems Center expects to sign similar agreements with SpaceX and Orbital-ATK.

High anxiety: US needs resilient satellites, nets to avoid a space crisis

A new assessment highlights the potential for an instability crisis in space as the United States and China vie for the high ground.

Air Force moves ahead with GPS III preparations

The service gives Lockheed Martin a $395 million contract modification for work on the ninth and tenth of the 32-satellite constellation.

NGA joins SpaceNet satellite imagery initiative

The geospatial agency will take part in the effort to provide a huge trove of commercial satellite imagery to the public for free.

Navy pumps up the power on MUOS-capable radios

Milpower gets a $29.5 million contract to provide power amplifiers for the Digital Modular Radio, the military’s first standard software-defined system.

China raises the cyber stakes with quantum satellite

The properties of quantum entanglement could deliver the first hack-proof communications.

MDA awards $99M deal to continue space-based sensor work

Utah State's Space Dynamics Lab, which has worked with MDA on other projects, will develop new state-of-the-art systems for missile defense.

Air Force to improve Military Code GPS receivers

A $52.6 million contract with Raytheon calls for modernizing the Miniature Airborne GPS receiver 2000 as the service shifts to stronger, jam-resistant signals.

Navy ups contract for enhancing satellite comms

Contract modification for Raytheon will add to the work being done on the high-speed, versatile Navy Multiband Terminals.

Engine glitch stalls Navy's MUOS-5 satellite

The Navy considers its options after the main engine fails for the fifth satellite in the constellation, which is intended to be a spare

Navy awards deal to support airborne radios

Rockwell Collins receives a $31 million contract for repair support of its AN/ARC 210 devices.

Army researchers picture a new GPS alternative

CERDEC uses two highly sensitive miniature cameras in a vision-aided navigation system that accurately detects both motion and depth.

Air Force nearing completion of satellite communications system

The service gives Lockheed a $48 million contract modification to finish work on AEHF, which is replacing the Milstar constellation.

US-China counterspace tensions mount

The Pentagon's latest report to Congress highlights China's growing military space efforts, which include the ability to disrupt what the U.S. or other countries can do.

Air Force wants to tap into commercial satellite capacity

The Air Force released a request for information for Pathfinder 3, which is intended to provide the warfighter flexible access to commercial and military satellite capability.

US looks to expand the range of satellite-fixing robots

DARPA, aiming high in GEO, and NASA, aiming lower in LEO, are preparing to launch robotic satellite repair spacecraft.