Tech Track Papers

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Cloud Based Services, Highlighting New Gound Stations and Ops Concept

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The never-ending growing need for information, the internet of things, affects the space business. This paper describes how the changing world affects our part of the space business, with a focus on ground station network architecture, from geographical location, ground station design, user interface, and service delivery, addressing the current and future needs of ground…

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Commercial Services 2.0 – Repurposing multi-mission ground network infrastructure for emerging, new space applications

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Access to space is becoming a reality to broader global community of students, scientists, and entrepreneurs.  The CubeSat industry is furthering this access to space by standardizing affordable components/subsystem boards.  Standards provide for clarity in design, repeatability, and risk reduction.  Space to ground communications remains open to many variables, all of which add cost and risk to the…

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Does Commercial Satellite Broadband Have the DoD Aiming Behind the Technology Target?

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Today the Department of Defense has 13 purpose-built communication satellites in use providing warfighters with over 21 Gbps of capacity including three MUOS satellites with 120 Mbps of capacity, three AEHF satellites with 5.4 Gbps of capacity, and 7 WGS satellites with 14.7 Gbps of capacity. The Department also leases an additional 10 GHz of…

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Efficient Object Maneuver Characterization to Support Space Situational Awareness

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As the number of objects in space increase exponentially, the need for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) to protect assets from intentional and unintentional threats increases as well. SSA is becoming a “big data” problem due to the prevalence of low-cost small satellites, the proliferation of debris and increased presence of symmetric enemy space objects. Additionally,…

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Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – R Series (GOES-R) Overview and Status

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NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) are a mainstay of weather forecasts and environmental monitoring in the United States. The next generation of GOES satellites, known as the GOES-R Series, with a planned launch in 2016, will usher in a new era of continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere and space weather…

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How and Why Commercial High-Capacity Satellites Offer Superior Performance & Survivability in the Future Space Threat Continuum

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The leading commercial Satellite Service Providers are supplying services, inclusive of improved warfighter terminals, that deliver order-of-magnitude improvements in end-user performance from a speed and equipment perspective, superior anti-jam and cyber protection over the Department of Defense’s purpose–built communication satellites, and order-of-magnitude improvements in cost of delivered capacity. The Department’s purpose-built WGS and leased commercial Ku-band…

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Industry Partnership “Critical to Government’s Future” in Satellite Communications

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When DoD has a satellite communication requirement, they frequently seek commercial solutions.  To varying degrees, these needs are met effectively today. Yet, with an integrated SATCOM architecture – both government and commercial – the future solutions will be delivered more efficiently. It is important that government partner with commercial satellite providers who build systems from the…

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Real-Time Tactical Space Asset Retasking

It is well known that the value of satellite imagery to the warfighter dramatically decreases with age and that this is particularly true for more tactical operations where battlespace situational awareness is paramount.  Reducing the length of the kill chain, the time from target selection to neutralization is important to maximize not only the safety of…

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The Growing Convergence of DoD and Commercial Protected Satcom Requirements

Reliance on SATCOM has never been higher in both the DoD and Commercial sectors. From a commercial perspective, SATCOM is used for critical national infrastructure services such as communications, financial and banking services, power grid operation, security, healthcare, transportation, disaster relief, and vital distribution systems for food, water, medicine, fuel and vital products. From a…

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The Increased Liability of New Launch Markets

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The next generation space race prize is the integration of space-dependent technology reliably in modern society.  This paper is offered as an examination of an expanding diverse space launch industry as well as the necessity for increased capacity of resources in the underwriting space.  Consumers are already space application dependent. There are 1 billion GPS…

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