SES Government Solutions leverages our global satellite fleet to provide communications for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Our satellites currently support missions on a number of RPA platforms including Predators, Reapers, Global Hawks and Gray Eagles. For more on Remotely Piloted Aircraft, visit our RPA page or our Inclined Capacity page.
U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Networks
SES Government Solutions is a teammate on contract with Air Combat Command, which uses station-kept and inclined satellites for the CONUS RPA network dedicated to providing support for training and testing activities.
The contract provides the USG with a dedicated (full period) DS3 (44.736 Mbps), full duplex, symmetrical, serial communications digital circuit between Thule AB and Schriever AFB utilizing commercial satellite bandwidth, contractor-provided hub equipment, teleport services and contractor-provided antennas. Thule’s arctic environment, unpredictable weather patterns, and near-horizon location (extremely low look-angle, ~3 to 4.5º) provide unique communications challenges. These challenges are driven by the physical attributes and limitations of its location; and theoretical and persistent orbital mechanics constraints, i.e., satellites moving under the influence of gravity, atmospheric drag and thrust. SES Government Solutions was able to provide Thule AFB with a secure satellite solution despite a very challenging architecture and hazardous environment.
To find out more about how we support U.S. Government missions around the globe, visit our Case Studies page.
The term Hosted Payload refers to the utilization of available power, mass and space on commercial satellites to accommodate additional transponders, instruments or other space-bound items.
By offering hosted payload opportunities on board SES spacecraft, the U.S. Government is provided with consistent, dependable and affordable access to space. Visit our Hosted Payloads page to learn more.
For other U.S. Government mission requirements, SES can apply its fleet and mission development skills to build, launch and operate dedicated spacecraft.
SES Government Solutions hosted an experimental U.S. Air Force sensor on an SES satellite operating over the United States. The CHIRP project tested a new type of infrared sensor from geosynchronous orbit. This sensor was integrated into a commercial satellite and the data it received was transmitted to a ground station for analysis. This case study illustrates how a commercial satellite operator can provide tremendous value to government customers looking for affordable access to space.