Hughes Network Systems secured a $495, 000 contract from the Defense Department to run an architectural study of commercial communications satellite systems capabilities.
According to the firm, “the report, which will focus on meeting the future tactical communications-on-the-move needs of the U.S. military, is expected to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command Center’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate by July 2011.”
Hughes will research DoD COTM requirements and scenarios using processing satellite architectures such as those employed by the Hughes commercial SPACEWAY 3 satellite.
“Hughes is extremely pleased to be working with the DoD and U.S. Air Force to study how commercial satellite architectures and acquisition approaches can help the military achieve its tactical communications missions, ” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division. “We have a world-class technology team at Hughes. They will be working with their military partners to deliver a report that will help the DoD determine how industry can better meet the increasing need for satellite communications technologies and, more specifically, the requirements of warfighters at home and in theater.”