Category Archive: Communications

Jun 09 2015

Insert “Terminator” reference at your own risk

Skynet Military Satellite Constellation. Now that the Norwegians have joined, will Skynet take over? Yes, there really is a Skynet. No, it’s not really smart enough to take over the world (or is it??). Which, of course, is a perfect segue and excuse to post the MadTV Terminator skit: Hey, I’m a devout Christian, and …

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Jun 04 2015

MUOS-3 enters the fleet

US Navy Accepts 3rd LM-Built MUOS Communications Satellite. In fact, it’s undergoing operational testing as I type — one of my bubbas (Kirk, one of my very best friends) is one of the test directors for the Multi-service Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E) that the Navy and Army are conducting. I could tell you how …

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Jun 03 2015

Satellite Industry grew in 2014

State of the Satellite Industry Report Shows Increased industry Growth in 2014. The 2015 State of the Satellite Industry Report includes the following results: – Satellite Services revenues increased by four percent globally from 2013 to 2014, reaching $122.9 billion, powered by continued growth in consumer satellite television plus new interest in satellite broadband and …

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May 25 2015

The development of LEO Space Tourism and secondary markets

Related Posts in this series: An Examination of Delta-v in Cis-Lunar space There are already profitable Space markets today: Communications (e.g. Satellite TV, Sirius Radio, INMARSAT), Earth Observing (in which I include general imagery, weather, cartography), and Positioning (GPS). I see these markets growing in customers and decreasing in cost over time, which likely will …

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May 21 2015

Competition is good

Harris Successfully Demos MUOS Waveform Operating On-Air. This seems like a big deal, but I’ll withhold my opinion until I hear from some of my MUOS insiders on it first. Were they able to exercise all the functionality of the waveform? What data rate did they achieve? ect ect Still, having a second radio vendor …

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May 18 2015

Time to send somebody to Siberia

2nd Launch Disaster in 3 Weeks Strikes Russia, Destroying Proton Rocket and Mexican Comsat. This is the 2nd failure in a row with Proton, and remember back in October when it put a satellite in the wrong orbit? The Proton class have never been very reliable (about 90% success rate), but it recently went through …

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Apr 28 2015

SpaceX successfully launches Turkmenistan’s first satellite to GEO

Record-Setting SpaceX Roars to Geostationary Orbit With Spectacular Falcon 9 Launch, launching 13 days after the last Falcon launch, which is a SpaceX best. Weather was apparently atrocious, and they had to hold the countdown twice, but they managed to launch 49 minutes into the launch window. Lots of details at the link. As the …

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Apr 27 2015

SpaceX to launch second Falcon in two weeks today

Second SpaceX Mission in Two Weeks Gears Up for Monday Launch. This will be Turkmenistan’s first national communications satellite, TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat. In case you were wondering where Turkemistan is: Don’t worry — I didn’t know where it was either. TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat will be shot to geo transfer orbit, so no chance of booster recovery after launch. It’ll …

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Mar 24 2015

Congrats to Advantech!

o Wins For Advantech Wireless — one for Technology Company of the Year and one for Vertical Impact Award—Broadcast. They were awarded at the Satellite 2015 conference. Ah, Satellite 2015. Hopefully I can make it to Satellite 2016. Anyways, Huzzah to Advantech!

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Mar 15 2015

DSI teams with Dunvegan Space Systems for CubeSat comms constellation

Dunvegan Space Systems + Deep Space Industries…Bitcoin Founder Has A Bit Of A Task… Build Constellation Of 24 BitSats . I’m not feeling this…SATCOM is the most power-intensive satellite use out there — much more than a CubeSat normally provides. You’ll need big honkin’ transcievers on the ground to close the link, unless there’s some …

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Mar 03 2015

Air Force’s AEHF wins Packard Award

Ingenuity Drives LM’s AEHF Program to Production Milestone Early. AEHF-4 is 5 months (5 months!?!?) ahead of schedule and AEHF-5 & AEHF-6 were put on budget 35% less than government estimates. It pains me to say this, but BZ, US Air Force! It pains me less to say, “Well done, Lockheed Martin!” I tested Milstar, …

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Mar 02 2015

SpaceX on a roll

Conducts Nocturnal Launch of Two Communications Satellites. That’s three successful launches this year, and in fact three successful launches since 10 Jan 2015, with CRS-5. That’s about a launch every 2 1/2 weeks. Again I say, “Wow” (look below for my first usage of “Wow” today). Hmmm…speaking of WoW: LOL @LeroyJenkins…er….anyways… This was SpaceX’s first …

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Feb 13 2015

GD’s MUOS test lab adds on-air capability

GD Expands Arizona MUOS Radio Test Lab Offering Direct Connectivity with On-Orbit MUOS Satellites. The last time I was at General Dynamics, I was overseeing the Factory Acceptance Test for the MUOS ground system. This is a significant upgrade to their lab, so Congrats!

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Feb 12 2015

Now *that’s* a test!

AF conducts massive protected MILSATCOM test. They tested the MILSTAR/AEHF constellation to certify for Initial Operational Capability. Given that I was the Navy’s Operational Test Director for Milstar-1 and helped conduct its very first system testing, this news has some personal relevance (and some great memories!). They tested Milstar/AEHF integration, cybersecurity, and nuclear survivability. Since …

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Feb 02 2015

3 launches over the weekend

SMAP launched by ULA Saturday morning, The Japanese launched a classified radar sat on Sunday, and International Launch Services sent Inmarsat 5 F-2 into orbit. Busy weekend, for sure.

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Jan 28 2015

CubeSats…is their anything they can’t do?

Well, they can be a Space Billboard. The messages on the SpaceBillboard will be the highest and the fastest ever seen in the industry, flying at 27,400 kph at an altitude of 500 km. The Billboard will orbit the Earth 15 times a day, becoming the first advertisements that literally bring their message around the …

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Jan 25 2015

Vanguard Space Technologies deliver two bus structures for AEHF

A little press for a local company. They built the bus structures for AEHF-5 and AEHF-6. As an aside, I was the Navy Operational Test Director for Milstar-1, so EHF SATCOM is near and dear to my heart.

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Jan 23 2015

Elon Musk is an information machine

He put out tons of new info at an invite-only soiree in Seattle such as SpaceX plans to build 4000(!) comms satellites out of their new Seattle plant. He won’t even consider making SpaceX public until after a Mars colony is established and they’re making regular trips there. The satellite constellation has not been named …

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Jan 22 2015

Video of the MUOS-3 launch

Yay MUOS! I live-blogged this a couple of posts ago.

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Jan 20 2015

Live-blogging the MUOS-3 launch

Alrighty…looks like things are going swimmingly. I’m unplugging so that I can go to some umpire training. Thanks for reading! 17:09: Centaur engine ignition. Everything looks good. 17:08: Payload fairings jettisoned. 17:06: All 5 boosters ejected safely. 17:05: Everything’s looking great. 2095 mph speed. 17:04: LIFTOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooooooooooooooot!! 17:03: Rocket is armed. 17:02: Rocket is on …

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