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Dispatches Part I, Information & News, by the Editors
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Dispatches Part III, Information & News, by the Editors
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Features
 
Military Space 2.0: Countering Mounting Challenges To a Peaceful Space Environment, A Kratos Perspective by John Monahan, President, Kratos-RT Logic
Space is the ultimate high ground for the U.S. military and its allies, providing operational advantages that are essential to winning wars.
 
Meeting SATCOM Mobility and Connectivity , by Ulf Sandberg, Managing Director, Paradigm
NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and First Response teams require fast and reliable communications to support their efforts when saving lives and providing relief for families and survivors.
 
Flat Panel Antennas For Ka-Band SATCOM—Evolving Toward Versatile Solutions, by Dr. Yifan Wang, Advance Queensland Research Fellow with joint appointments at the University of Queensland and EM Solutions Pty Ltd.
In today’s Ka-band satellite communications-on-the-move (COTM) industry, one of the most significant evolutions for ground terminal design is to employ compact, low-profile, and reconfigurable flat-panel antennas (FPAs) as a replacement for their conventional counterpart, the dish antenna, dominated by its bulky parabolic reflector.
 
The Dawning Of A New Space Supply Chain—How Can The U.S. Military Cash In?, by Doug Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Roccor
In 2012 General Ellen Pawlikowsi, then Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, foretold of the adoption of new military satellite design and acquisition strategies in order to “affordably provide resilient space capabilities . . . as mission needs evolve.”1
 
The HPA Corner—Catching the Wave, by Hayley McGuire, Deputy Director, Boeing Advanced Government Space Systems
Since the establishment of the Hosted Payload Alliance in 2011, examples of government-owned payloads on commercial spacecraft have been few, as evidenced by the low number of awards on the U.S. Air Force Hosted Payload Solutions (HOPS) contract, which was awarded to 14 companies back in 2014.
 
The Coming Satellite Cyber Crisis, by Ryan Johnson, Global Cybersecurity Analyst, Access Partnership
A revolution is occurring in the satellite industry that will make 5G connections more robust, power the global Internet of Things (IoT) and bring broadband internet to the world’s most remote places.
 
SATCOM Frontier Perspectives: Governments Must Plan Today for Space Flexibility and The Value of Government and Commercial Collaboration, The U.S. government should take advantage of the commercial space industry’s continual technological development.
The future of satellite communications is all about flexibility. Innovations are already enabling commercial customers to use satellite for new applications and to achieve business agility.
 
Satellite, Not Walls, Secure The Border—An SSPI Better Satellite World Focus, by the Society of Satellite Professionals International
It can literally be a line in the sand or a fence made of concertina wire. A guard outpost on a busy road. A strip of unoccupied beach. A patch of trackless forest. A river snaking its way between two nations.
 
Cutting-Edge Technology For Battlefield—A Spectra Group Perspective, by Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group (UK) Ltd. and Senior Contributor
COTM is a term widely used to describe mobile communications capabilities, especially in military applications and when supporting Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to provide battle winning missions.
 
The Arrival of Upper Millimeter Wave RF Comms—The Move Above and Beyond Ka-Band is underway, by Mike Sweeney, Director, New Business Development, L3 Technologies EDD
A sea change in microwave power emerged in the early 2000s — while solid-state was making advances with AESA radars and low frequency barrage jammers and predicting the death of vacuum devices such as coupled cavity tubes, klystrons, magnetrons, etc., a stealthy and healthy mass migration of historical High Power Amplifier and TWTA communication systems were being transitioned to microwave power module (MPM) form factor for 40-200 watt class airborne, naval and ground applications.
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