Satellite Communications

Forest Service seeks emergency-satellite suppliers

The Forest Service has issued a request for information because it anticipates having to install thousands of satellite emergency notification devices.

Thales buys Tampa firm to raise satellite comm sales

Tampa Microwave’s core capabilities include the design, development and manufacture of satellite communications terminals.

Harris continues groundwork for AF satellite program

Harris continues hardware and software support for the Air Force’s weather satellite system under a new five-year, $25 million contract.

Satcom firm embraces government as part of growth strategy

MTN Government Services starts at the ground level of an agency to prove its satellite services work.

Harris goes north to Alaska to upgrade FAA route system

Harris Corp. will upgrade Alaska's air transportation system as part of a 10-year Federal Aviation Administration contract worth $85 million.

Annapolis firm gets Army order for satellite terminals

TeleCommunication Systems Inc. has been awarded a $60.8 million order to provide satellite terminals to the Army in two stages in 2012.

Raytheon to design information architecture for small satellites

Raytheon subsidiary BBN Technologies will design and integrate an information architecture for wireless small module satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Hughes extends broadband availability to remote government offices

Hughes Network Systems LLC has unveiled a group of services called Connect & Express for Government to provide remote government agencies and offices with affordable broadband Internet service.

Honeywell pays almost $500M for mobile networking, satellite commo firm

Honeywell International Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to pay approximately $491 million to acquire EMS Technologies Inc., a provider of connectivity solutions for mobile networking, rugged mobile computers and satellite communications.

Air Force floats contract for smarter satellites

The military is seeking a more grown-up version of its current satellites, one that can take care of itself, according to a new solicitation request.

Camber acquisition strengthens cybersecurity offerings

Camber Corp. has acquired EADS North America Defense Security and Systems Solutions Inc., a provider of cybersecurity, IT and secure satellite communications services to the Defense Department. Financial terms were not reported.

Intelsat wins $145M job with Armed Forces Radio

Intelsat General Corp. will provide comprehensive satellite connectivity for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, which provides radio and television programs to U.S. military and civilian personnel abroad.

Kratos acquires Columbia, Md., satellite systems developer

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. will acquire Integral Systems Inc. in a cash-and-stock transaction worth $266 million, according to announcements by the companies.

The IT lessons of 50 years of space flight

May 5 marks the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's flight as the first American in space. IBMer Art Cohen was part of the team that tracked him across the sky. He shares his story with Editor Nick Wakeman.

Spacenet adds Cicat to its business orbit

Spacenet Inc., a subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., has acquired Cicat Networks Inc., a nationwide provider of broadband network solutions based in Chantilly, Va. Financial terms were not reported.

Boeing's new unit will sell satellite telecom services

Boeing has established a Commercial Satellite Services unit to market satellite telecommunications services, including hosted payloads, to the federal government and other satellite users.

EchoStar set to pay $2 billion for Hughes Communications

EchoStar Corp. plans to buy broadband satellite network provider Hughes Communications Inc. in a deal worth around $2 billion, including the assumption of debt, according to media reports.