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

10/26/2015
Gruss, M. (21 October 2015). Hosted Payload Hopefuls Eye Air Force’s SBSS Follow-on System. Retrieved from http://spacenews.com/

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. Industry officials have been frustrated by the lack of opportunities they have seen in hosted payloads, which a few years ago offered the promise of flying government missions more quickly and less expensively than dedicated satellites. 
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