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DISA Invites Allies to Join Iridium Mobile Satellite Services Program

The Defense Information Systems Agency has called on U.S. allied countries to join the agency’s program that works to provide unlimited access to Iridium‘s constellation of mobile communications satellites, Space News reported Friday. Peter de Selding writes Clare Grason, DISA program manager of the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services program, said allies can pay a fixed …

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Speedcast Extends Fleet Contract with Major Norwegian Ship Owner to Deliver Increased VSAT Connectivity; Athina Vezyri Quoted

Speedcast International Limited announced on Thursday that the company has signed a multi-year fleet contract extension with a major Norwegian ship owner to deliver significantly increased VSAT connectivity along with the latest Iridium Certus back-up solution.

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FAA Eyes 2019 for Phased Assessment of Space-Based Aircraft Surveillance; Dan Elwell Quoted

The Federal Aviation Administration will launch an assessment of space-based aircraft surveillance over oceanic routes in 2019, Aviation Week reported Tuesday. The phased evaluation will include the use of Aireon’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system that is set to enter service in 2019 once Iridium Communications launches the last batch of Iridium NEXT satellites this year.

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CBO Says Pentagon Should Focus on Improved GPS Receivers

The Congressional Budget Office wants the Defense Department to scale back plans for GPS satellites and instead invest upgraded, jam-resistant GPS receivers, according to a report from NextGov. The CBO says this approach could save $3 billion dollars over the next decade.. It was reported that the CBO wants the …

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Crowded Cosmos Calls for National Security Space Strategy

The Defense Department’s  newly released National Security Space Strategy has made it clear —  once known as the final frontier, the race to leverage technology and capabilities in space has opened up to a number of competing nations, making the limitless cosmos feel a little cozier these days. The buzzwords, …

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