Industry News

Industry Frustrated with Slow Adoption of Hosted Payloads

03/21/2016
A panel held on March 7 at Satellite 2016 questioned government resistence to the implementation of hosted payload programs. Despite offering a litany of benefits, including reduced costs and added resiliency, hosted payloads face obstacles in the federal government which are rooted, said Earl White, "in an unwillingness to change." The panel included HPA Chair Al Tadros and other hosted payload experts representing both government and industry. Read the article in SpaceNews.

U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act Now Law

12/02/2015
In an effort to encourage innovation and establish regulatory guidelines in the commercial space industry, the House of Representatives passed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act on November 16. President Obama signed the bill into law last week.

Hosted Payload Hopefuls Eye Air Force’s SBSS Follow-on System

10/26/2015
SpaceNews - A follow-on to the Air Force's Space Based Surveillance System (SBSS) could provide an opportunity for commercially hosted payloads. While the government's current plans for SBSS call for the use of free-flying satellites, industry officials said they believe the Air Force would be open to alternative approaches using hosted payloads on commercial satellites. Read the full article. 

Podcast: HPA Chair Nicole Robinson featured on SES GovSat

06/17/2015
The federal government is always looking for ways to increase operational efficiency and cut costs. In the latest podcast on the GovSat Report, the Chair of the Hosted Payload Alliance - and the Corporate Vice President of Government Market Solutions at SES - Nicole Robinson, discusses how the use of hosted payloads can help the federal government accomplish both. http://ow.ly/Osxnd

Harris Corporation and exactEarth Team to Provide Real-time Global Maritime Tracking Solutions

06/15/2015
MELBOURNE, Fla., June 8, 2015 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) and exactEarth have formed a strategic alliance to offer new advanced data services that will help track maritime vessels faster and more accurately than ever before.

The automatic identification system (AIS) services will, for the first time, provide constant, real-time, global coverage — enabling customers to reliably track the location of vessels anywhere in the world. This helps improve efficiency, safety and security. Read the full press release.

SES to Host NASA Payload

04/14/2015

RESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

The primary purpose of the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is to revolutionize the understanding of the space environment by filling the critical gap in knowledge of Sun-Earth connections. The hosted payload will transmit data of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere from Geostationary (GEO) orbit. Both of these layers of the Earth’s upper atmosphere are very sensitive to space weather events and space climate, with potential societal impacts. Uncertainties in the thermosphere are a primary source of uncertainty for operating satellites in low Earth orbit. Fluctuations in the ionosphere interfere with signals from communications and global positioning satellites.

- See more at: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2015/21122656#sthash.BMuq4aFh.dpuf
Press release from SES: RESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

RRESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

The primary purpose of the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is to revolutionize the understanding of the space environment by filling the critical gap in knowledge of Sun-Earth connections. The hosted payload will transmit data of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere from Geostationary (GEO) orbit. Both of these layers of the Earth’s upper atmosphere are very sensitive to space weather events and space climate, with potential societal impacts. Uncertainties in the thermosphere are a primary source of uncertainty for operating satellites in low Earth orbit. Fluctuations in the ionosphere interfere with signals from communications and global positioning satellites.

- See more at: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2015/21122656#sthash.BMuq4aFh.dpuf

RESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

The primary purpose of the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is to revolutionize the understanding of the space environment by filling the critical gap in knowledge of Sun-Earth connections. The hosted payload will transmit data of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere from Geostationary (GEO) orbit. Both of these layers of the Earth’s upper atmosphere are very sensitive to space weather events and space climate, with potential societal impacts. Uncertainties in the thermosphere are a primary source of uncertainty for operating satellites in low Earth orbit. Fluctuations in the ionosphere interfere with signals from communications and global positioning satellites.

- See more at: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2015/21122656#sthash.BMuq4aFh.dpuf

RESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

The primary purpose of the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is to revolutionize the understanding of the space environment by filling the critical gap in knowledge of Sun-Earth connections. The hosted payload will transmit data of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere from Geostationary (GEO) orbit. Both of these layers of the Earth’s upper atmosphere are very sensitive to space weather events and space climate, with potential societal impacts. Uncertainties in the thermosphere are a primary source of uncertainty for operating satellites in low Earth orbit. Fluctuations in the ionosphere interfere with signals from communications and global positioning satellites.

- See more at: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2015/21122656#sthash.BMuq4aFh.dpuf

RESTON, VA, 13 April 2015 -- Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract by the University of Colorado to host a NASA funded payload on board SES-14.

The primary purpose of the Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is to revolutionize the understanding of the space environment by filling the critical gap in knowledge of Sun-Earth connections. The hosted payload will transmit data of the Sun’s impact on the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere from Geostationary (GEO) orbit. Both of these layers of the Earth’s upper atmosphere are very sensitive to space weather events and space climate, with potential societal impacts. Uncertainties in the thermosphere are a primary source of uncertainty for operating satellites in low Earth orbit. Fluctuations in the ionosphere interfere with signals from communications and global positioning satellites.

- See more at: http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2015/21122656#sthash.BMuq4aFh.dpuf
Read more about the SES-hosted NASA GOLD payload.

"Event: Irwin Leads SATCON Into a New Orbit"

10/07/2014
Susan Irwin has served as SATCON’s Chair since 2002. She recently sat down with SatMagazine to discuss the industry and what to expect at this year’s event.  

Operational Hosted Payloads on the Horizon

08/04/2014
Aviation Week - U.S. Air Force adoption of a streamlined process to buy piggyback rides for government payloads on commercial spacecraft should go a long way toward accelerating the nascent hosted-payload industry, which has languished after a faltering start.

SSL Selected for Study on Accommodating a NASA Hosted Payload

07/28/2014
Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected by the Department of the Air Force Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center as one of three companies to study ways to accommodate an instrument to monitor air pollutants over North America on a commercial satellite.  The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Mission Study is the second Delivery Order to be awarded under the U.S. Air Force Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) contract. 

SMC Awards First-of-its-Kind Hosted Payloads Solution Contract

07/28/2014
7/28/2014 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract under the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program, July 10. Companies competed to be included in one of two lanes: geosynchronous orbit (GEO) hosted opportunities and medium-earth orbit / low-earth orbit (MEO/LEO) hosting opportunities. Companies were allowed to compete in both lanes.

U.S. Air Force Picks 14 Companies To Support Hosted Payload Efforts

07/11/2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force awarded contracts to 14 space companies to facilitate the placement of military payloads aboard commercial satellites, a key step in the service’s ongoing exploration of alternative ways to deploy space-based capabilities. Through the Hosted Payload Solutions program, HoPS for short, the Air Force is aiming to create a contracting vehicle to standardize the processes and interfaces for placing dedicated military capabilities aboard commercial satellites.

Defense News: Space Architecture Changes to Boost US Intelligence Gathering

06/05/2014
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is changing the way it uses its space intelligence-gathering assets, which would give the Defense Department the ability to watch over areas for long periods of time, a senior DoD official said on Tuesday. Click on the headline to read the full article.
Weisgerber, M. (2014, June 3), Space Architecture Changes to Boost US Intelligence Gathering. Retrieved from: http://www.defensenews.com `