Protecting space through satellite industry and U.S. military collaboration

17 March 2017: A pilot program to increase collaboration between the U.S. military and satellite industry is making tangible, substantial contributions to the space operations of both military and commercial satellite systems, says Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, Inmarsat’s Senior Vice President of Government Strategy and Policy, U.S. Government Business Unit, in an op-ed for Aviation Week.

In the piece, she discusses how the industry and government partnership enabled by the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) Commercial Integration Cell (CIC) has helped define requirements for technical solutions to optimise data sharing and mission assurance, and established a process for reporting, tracking, resolving and measuring interference with military and commercial satellite communications.

This effort has contributed to better decision making and improved government and commercial crisis preparedness.

Inmarsat has been working in the JSpOC with five other commercial satellite services companies that signed six Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), including DigitalGlobe, Inc.; Eutelsat America Corp; Intelsat General; Iridium Communications; and SES Government Solutions.

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