HPA Applauds U.S. Air Force HoPS Contracts

Deerfield, IL – July 28, 2014 – The Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) commends the U.S. Air Force for taking a critical step towards realizing the benefits commercial space companies can offer in hosting government payloads. On July 10, fourteen commercial satellite operators and space hardware manufacturers were awarded contracts through the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program.

“Commercial satellites can provide lower cost options, faster and increased access to space, plus an array of operational options resulting in a more resilient and affordable space architecture,” noted Janet Nickloy, HPA Chair and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Harris Government Communication Systems. “The HPA was created to facilitate just these sorts of government – commercial initiatives.”

The HPA congratulates all 14 contract recipients, including Alliance members Boeing, Eutelsat America, Harris Corporation, Intelsat General, Lockheed Martin, SES Government Solutions and SSL, in addition to Astrium Services Government Inc., Exoterra Resources, Merging Excellence and Innovation Tech Inc., Millennium Engineering & Integration Co., Orbital Sciences Corp., Surrey Satellite Technology, and ViviSat LLC.  Several other HPA members are participating as subcontractors to award recipients.

“The HPA will closely follow the progress of these contracts and continue supporting the SMC Hosted Payload Office in any way possible. We are eager to see HoPS succeed and expand,” said Nickloy.


About the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA)
Established in 2011, HPA represents satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, system integrators and launch service providers, as well as other interested parties, and focuses on education, awareness and developing solutions to common challenges. For more information, visit http://www.hostedpayloadalliance.org.

HPA's Executive Members are: Airbus Group, Arianespace, Boeing, Harris Corporation, Inmarsat, Intelsat General Corporation, Iridium Communications Inc., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, SES Government Solutions, and SSL. HPA’s Associate Members are ATK Space Systems, COM DEV, Eutelsat America Corp, and Thales Alenia North America.