AeroCube 6 Launches Aboard Russian Rocket

AeroCube 6, comprising two half-unit picosats, was launched aboard a Dnepr rocket.  More »

Aerospace’s Role in Military Satellite Communications Acquisition

Aerospace’s Role in Military Satellite Communications Acquisition Since the days of IDCSP, Aerospace has been the Air Force’s partner in acquiring military satellite communications systems, ensuring that the U.S. government has access to the most effective, cost-efficient space technologies in the world. Aerospace efforts in mission assurance have helped the Air Force maintain a record […]  More »

Military Satellite Communications Fundamentals

Military Satellite Communications Fundamentals Communication satellites can be passive or active. Passive satellites only reflect signals. The limited power transmitted from the ground (the uplink), the quality of the reflection, and the losses along the path both up and down can all weaken the returned signal (the downlink). Active satellites, on the other hand, can […]  More »

Military Satellite Communications: Then and Now

Military Satellite Communications: Then and Now Military satellite communications have become essential to help the warfighter see through the “fog of war,” providing the United States military with assured global connectivity, even in remote areas with no communications infrastructure. The Aerospace Corporation has played a key role in developing and fielding these vital space systems. […]  More »