Maxar Technologies will Build Next-Gen Intelsat Epic Communications Satellite with NASA Hosted Payload

Maxar will build the Intelsat 40e geostationary communications satellite and integrate NASA’s TEMPO payload with it. (Credit: Maxar Technologies)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. & MCLEAN, Va. (Maxar PR) — Intelsat (NYSE: I) has selected Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, to manufacture Intelsat 40e, a next-generation geostationary communications satellite scheduled to launch in 2022. Maxar will integrate NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) payload with the Intelsat 40e satellite.


Marco Rubio Urges Administration to Place Hosted Payloads on American Rockets

Sen. Marco Rubio

MIAMI (Marco Rubio PR) — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Vice President Mike Pence to direct U.S. Government agencies who intend to place hosted payloads on commercial spacecraft to do so on American rockets.

The request recognizes our nation’s strong commercial industrial base that is capable of accommodating these payloads, and therefore, the current exemption should no longer be used to take away commercial market share from American companies and sent overseas to French and Russian vehicles.

The full text of the letter is below.


NASA Chooses Maxar to Integrate Pollution Monitoring Payload on Commercial Satellite

An artist’s impression of TEMPO on Maxar’s 1300-class satellite platform. (Credit: Maxar Technologies)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (Maxar PR) — Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR) today announced that it will integrate and fly NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument on a 1300-class satellite in geostationary (GEO) orbit. TEMPO will be the first space-based instrument to provide hourly monitoring of major air pollutants during the daytime across the North American continent at high spatial resolution.


SSL to Help U.S. Air Force Test & Validate Hosted Payloads Scenarios

PALO ALTO, Calif. SSL, a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced it was selected by Innoflight, Inc., a veteran-owned business specializing in electronics systems for Defense & Aerospace, to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites.  The capability, which is being developed for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) as part of its Secure IP Payload Accommodation Demonstration Project, will enable SMC to demonstrate cybersecure payload hosting scenarios, concepts of operation, and cybersecurity controls.


AIA Commercial Space Competitiveness Strategy for the 21st Century

Commercial Space Competitiveness Strategy for the 21st Century
Aerospace Industries Association

The United States was the leader in space for much of the early Space Age after initial Soviet successes. From the development of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo Lunar landing program, to development of the first communications satellites and the Global Positioning System, the U.S. has been the primary driver of both the exploration and commercial utilization of space.


Congressman Backs Space Renaissance Act, Death Ray Weapons

Doug Lamborn
Doug Lamborn

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Doug Lamborn PR) — Congressman Doug Lamborn has partnered with Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-01) as an original cosponsor on the American Space Renaissance Act. This legislation will permanently secure the United States as the world’s preeminent space-faring nation. The comprehensive and bold reform bill covers national security, civil, and commercial space policies and programs.

Lamborn and Jim Langevin (RI-02) have partnered to introduce a House companion bill to legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and James Inhofe (R-OK) designed to allow the military an accelerated process to acquire Directed Energy weapons.


NanoRacks Part of Space Systems/Loral’s Hosted Payloads Team

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2014 (NanoRacks PR – The United States Air Force has awarded a five year IDIQ contract opportunity to SSL under the Hosted Payload Solutions Program (HoPs) in order to facilitate the placement of payloads designed for Geostationary (GEO) and Low-Earth (LEO) orbit.

NanoRacks is pleased to be one of the SSL LEO team services providers, utilizing its External Payload Platform as a test-bed for sensors and advanced electronics, located outside the International Space Station.


USAF Awards Hosted Payload Contracts to 14 Companies

USAF_Space_Missile_Systems_CenterThe U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts worth a maximum of $494.9 million each to 14 companies under its Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program.

‘The purpose of the multiple awarded HoPS IDIQ [indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity] contract is to provide a rapid and flexible means for the government to acquire commercial hosting capabilities for government payloads,” according to the contract announcement. “The contract is designed to create a pool of qualified vendors to meet the government’s needs for various hosted payload missions.”


Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal for USAF Hosted Payload Initiative

lockheedmartinlogWASHINGTON, D.C. (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions.

According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and other U.S. government organizations with “a capability for hosting Government payloads on commercial spacecraft to meet mission objectives.”  The HoPS contract will procure a fully functioning on-orbit hosted payload system and integrated ground system equipment and interfaces that deliver payload data to the government end user.  SMC’s Developmental Planning Directorate is the acquisition office for HoPS.


US Air Force Releases Hosted Payload Solutions RFP

USAFThe Air Force has released its final request for proposal for hosted payloads:

The Developmental Planning Directorate (SMC/XR), Air Force Space Command, invites all prospective contractors to review the Request for Proposal (RFP) and submit a proposal for the Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) contract. The HoPS contract will provide SMC and other Government organizations with a capability for hosting Government payloads on commercial spacecraft to meet mission objectives. SMC/XR is anticipating the award of a multiple award Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract that facilitates matching of Government payloads currently in development with commercial satellites using commercial timelines. The HoPS contract will procure a fully functioning on-orbit hosted payload system and integrated ground system equipment and interfaces that deliver payload data to the Government enduser(s).

Period of Performance. The anticipated date of award is 02 June 2014. The Ordering Period of Performance (PoP) is five years with subsequent delivery orders (DO) not to exceed ten years. The type of contract is Firm Fixed Price (FFP) for the basic contract and all DOs.

Proposals are due by 16 SEPT 2013 by 4 PM PST.

Editor’s Note:  Is the time on the due date an intelligence test for the bidders, or did someone screw up? We’re still going to be in Pacific Daylight Time then.

Spaceflight Inc. Completes SHERPA Design Review, Announces Hosted Payload Opportunities

SHERPA space tug. (Credit: Spaceflight, Inc.)
SHERPA space tug. (Credit: Spaceflight, Inc.)

Seattle, WA, 5 AUGUST 2013 (Spaceflight, Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc. (Spaceflight) recently completed a system definition review for its SHERPA™ in-space tug and hosted payload platform. With this milestone, Spaceflight has announced hosted payload opportunities starting in 2015.

Spaceflight and its partner Andrews Space (Andrews) recently completed a System Definition Review to finalize the SHERPA™ family configuration and pave the way for full scale development and first flight in 2015. With this review Spaceflight is moving forward with detailed design and hardware procurement.


ViviSat Adds Hosted Payload Capability to Mission Extension Vehicle

BELTSVILLE, MD., March 19, 2013 (ViviSat PR) —
 ViviSat, the leading provider of in-orbit servicing, has announced a unique, highly agile hosted payload capability that will supplement its life extension services.

ViviSat uses the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV), manufactured by one of its parent companies, ATK. The primary mission of the MEV is to dock with an orbiting satellite and serve as the propulsion and attitude control systems. This enables mission extension for satellites that have run out of maneuvering fuel yet still have healthy payload and power systems.


Northrop Grumman Joins Hosted Payload Alliance

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 9, 2012 (Northrop Grumman PR) — Northrop Grumman Corporation has become a member of the Hosted Payloads Alliance (HPA), joining the wide variety of companies that support an increasing role for defense and commercial contractors in helping government agencies find timely and cost-effective ways of acquiring space assets and services.

The alliance was formed in 2011 to increase awareness about the benefits of hosted payloads on commercial satellites. Members consist of spacecraft operators, satellite manufacturers, system integrators and launch vehicle providers.


Euroconsult Releases Hosted Payloads Report

Paris & Montreal (Euroconsult PR) – Euroconsult, the leading international research and analysis firm specialized in the satellite & space sectors, has announced the launch of its latest research report, “Hosted Payloads: The View From Within.”

Following discussions with the Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA), Euroconsult decided to pursue development of the report in order to identify and assess corresponding and conflicting perspectives from the key stakeholder groups directly involved in hosted payload programs. Based on an exhaustive survey, the views of eight key stakeholder groups were examined on the basis of risks, opportunities, challenges and requirements related to hosted payloads.


Seven Satellite Companies Create Hosted Payload Alliance

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Seven satellite industry companies have agreed to form an industry alliance to increase awareness of the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites.

The Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) will serve as a bridge between government and private industry to foster open communication between potential users and providers of hosted payload capabilities.

HPA Steering Committee members are Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, Intelsat General Corporation, Iridium Communications Inc., Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Orbital Sciences Corporation, SES WORLD SKIES U.S. Government Solutions, and Space Systems/Loral.