DoD Awards Hughes Satellite Research Contract

$495,000 will go to the study of commercial communications satellite (COCOMSAT) systems capabilities.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a producer of broadband satellite technologies and services, and a provider of managed network services, a $495,000 contract to conduct an architectural study of commercial communications satellite (COCOMSAT) systems capabilities.

Hughes—headquartered in Germantown, Md.—expects to deliver the report on COCOMSAT systems capabilities to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command Center’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate by July 2011, the company says in a written statement. Hughes says its study will focus on meeting the future tactical communications-on-the-move (COTM) needs of the U.S. military.

Under the terms of the agreement, Hughes will conduct research on DoD COTM requirements and scenarios using processing satellite architectures and ground segment and terminal analysis will include “multi-frequency, time division multiple access” technologies. The study is to also include analysis of commercial satellite system acquisition processes and how they may be applied to future satellite acquisitions by the military, including various lease or buy options.