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Intelsat General Awarded Air Force Contract to Study Commercialization of Satellite Control Network

BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Intelsat General Corp. (IGC) is one of four companies awarded a contract by the United States Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) of government satellites.

The goal of the contract, known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Commercial Provisioning (CP) study, is to provide USAF Space Command with a detailed plan for leveraging commercial TT&C facilities and capabilities to substantially reduce operations and maintenance costs while enabling the government to meet national security space objectives and warfighter operational needs. The USAF has stated that a future space concept of operations could include a mix of government and commercial command and control networks.

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New Training Simulator Debuts at Schriever

The SST is the right 21st Century solution to our training needs,” said Col. John Shaw, the 50th Operations Group commander. “It provides a common simulator framework for all of our instructors to use that is more flexible, versatile and efficient.”

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, 1st Lt. Floyd Kerr led 50th OSS instructors through demonstrations of the new training system throughout the multisuite training center. Airman 1st Class Brant Finstad demonstrated crew interoperability using a satellite vehicle operator, a space system operator and an instructor. In a second suite, Senior Airman Jeffrey Acosta-Cousar showed how an instructor can use the SST to monitor the progress of six DSCS students simultaneously. Airman 1st Class Adam Fetty then showed additional capabilities, such as the Mission Planning System, in a final demonstration in suite three.

With SST clearly showing superior performance, versatility and capability, and new SST applications coming on board soon, it’s clear that SST is the right training tool for space operations, both now and in the future.

Braxton Orbital Analysis Software Contract

image oas1Braxton Technologies, LLC today announced a one and a half-year contract with Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to supply Orbital Analysis Software for Boeing 702MP, 702HP and geomobile satellites. This system will augment Boeing’s extensive suite of orbital analysis software tools for transfer orbit and station keeping operations. This contract creates six jobs in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Pleasanton, California.

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