. 24/7 Space News .
2018 in Space - Progress and Promise
by Skot Butler - President, Intelsat General Corp
McLean VA (SPX) Feb 07, 2018

"2018 also puts the launch of Intelsat partner OneWeb's LEO satellite constellation just a year away. We look forward to collaborating with OneWeb to develop integrated GEO/LEO services that will enable government customers to have critical fixed and mobile communications anywhere around the globe. Adding OneWeb's low-latency LEO broadband capacity to our global fleet of GEO satellites will offer government customers an unprecedented level of coverage."

The space industry is going through an exciting period of innovation and growth. New technology such as high-throughput satellites (HTS) have transformed space architecture and fundamentally changed what had been a fairly static sector. Technology in space is belatedly catching up to the profound advancements in terrestrial IT networks, something many have called the fourth Industrial Revolution.

In 2017 Intelsat and our partners led by example. We continued to build out our fleet of HTS satellites. In the summer we launched the Intelsat EpicNG satellite Intelsat 35e, powering Ku-band services for mobility and government applications in the Caribbean, trans-Europe to Africa, and on the African continent. This past fall we launched Intelsat 37e, the fifth and largest Intelsat EpicNG satellite to be placed into orbit and featuring the globe's first all-digital HTS platform.

In June, Intelsat partner Kymeta began shipping its flat-panel antennas, which use electronic beam-steering instead of mechanical parts to follow a satellite across the sky.

Kymeta's design makes satellite communications a viable option for new airborne, maritime, and ground-mobile use cases. Partnerships with other antenna developers will facilitate the availability of flat, light-weight antennas that will be well-suited for in-flight communications from aircraft carrying government officials, as well as a smaller class of unmanned aircraft systems that could be used for non-military operations anywhere in the world.

Projecting forward into 2018, the Horizons 3e satellite is expected to launch in the second half of 2018, and will provide Intelsat EpicNG service to the Asia Pacific region completing our global HTS platform.

And, in mid-2018 Intelsat General will be launching IntelsatOne Flex for Aero, a new managed service that gives customers the flexibility to respond to surges in demand and shifts in geographic coverage under a predictable cost structure. Customers will purchase "SATCOM as a Service," as opposed to simple bandwidth. Here again this brings space up to date with the overall trend towards "Everything-as-a-Service" in the broader IT market.

This new model will hopefully be supported by potential change evolving on the SATCOM procurement front. In May all expert feedback and technical reporting is expected for the anticipated DoD wideband SATCOM Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) report.

Once this data is collected, the report itself can be assembled. In December there could also be the beginning of DoD's implementation of Section 1601 of the National Defense Authorization Act. Among other things this language assigns acquisition authority for COMSATCOM leases to the Commander of Air Force Space Command in consultation with the DoD CIO as of December 12, 2018.

Before the end of 2018 we expect to launch our first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV). This spacecraft uses a docking system that attaches to existing features on a satellite, providing life-extending services by taking over the orbit maintenance and attitude control functions of the satellite. At the end of service life the MEV can then guide the satellite to a safe graveyard orbit, preventing any potential orbit congestion or debris issues. Extending the lifetime of in-orbit assets enhances operational flexibility and allows us to be more agile and responsive to customer requirements.

2018 also puts the launch of Intelsat partner OneWeb's LEO satellite constellation just a year away. We look forward to collaborating with OneWeb to develop integrated GEO/LEO services that will enable government customers to have critical fixed and mobile communications anywhere around the globe. Adding OneWeb's low-latency LEO broadband capacity to our global fleet of GEO satellites will offer government customers an unprecedented level of coverage.

As you can see, we're working hard to make 2018 a big year in space. We're pushing forward on all fronts - new spacecraft, new terminal technology and new business models. At Intelsat General, we understand the innovative power that reliable, secure and cost-effective satellite connectivity delivers. Better technology in space better supports the mission, and better defends our country.

Change of course takes time, especially for an organization as vast and complicated as the DoD. But the accelerating rate of technological change has fundamentally changed space, and commercial assets are becoming increasingly important as part of the overall architecture. Our team will continue to look for opportunities, whether through internal development or commercial partnerships, to expand SATCOM capabilities to our government customers.

This article appeared in Intelsat General's online magazine Satcom Frontier

Related Links
Intelsat General
The latest information about the Commercial Satellite Industry

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

Xenesis and ATLAS partner to develop global optical network
Lisle, US (SPX) Jan 17, 2018
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. and Xenesis, Inc. have announced a partnership to develop a state-of-the-art global optical communications network, designed for high data flow from space. This partnership marks the first of three phases to deploy the global, optical framework aimed at opening the market to scalable, inexpensive and near-limitless communications. "We are excited to begin the development of this revolutionizing system. When on-orbit operations begin, we will have the capability to move ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Cosmonauts position antennae wrong during record-long spacewalk

Putting down roots in space

Celebrating 60 years of groundbreaking US space science

Russia to start offering spacewalks for tourists

Elon Musk is launching a Tesla into space - here's how SpaceX will do it

SpaceX poised to launch 'world's most powerful rocket'

Genius or joker: Elon Musk flamethrowers spark controversy

SpaceX blasts off Luxembourg government satellite

Studies of Clay Formation Provide Clues to Early Martian Climate

Opportunity Celebrates 14 Years of Working on Mars

Mount Sharp 'Photobombs' Mars Curiosity Rover

NASA tests power system to support manned missions to Mars

China's first X-ray space telescope put into service after in-orbit tests

China's first successful lunar laser ranging accomplished

Yang Liwei looks back at China's first manned space mission

Space agency to pick those with the right stuff

Brexit prompts EU to move satellite site to Spain

Europe's space agency braces for Brexit fallout

Xenesis and ATLAS partner to develop global optical network

GomSpace signs deal for low-inclination launch on Virgin's LauncherOne

Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft's Power Functional

In-Orbit Servicing Market Opportunity Exceeds $3 Billion

Latest Data From IMAGE Indicates Spacecraft's Power Functional

Changing the color of 3-D printed objects

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Probably Rich in Water

Hubble offers first atmospheric data of exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1

What the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Could Look Like

New Clues to Compositions of TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Europa and Other Planetary Bodies May Have Extremely Low-Density Surfaces

JUICE ground control gets green light to start development

New Year 2019 offers new horizons at MU69 flyby

Study explains why Jupiter's jet stream reverses course on a predictable schedule

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.