This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Hughes Demonstrates Net-Centric Information Architecture To U.S. Air Force For LEO-based Sensing

GERMANTOWN, Md., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated a net-centric approach to relaying critical Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite sensor data to the ground for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center with partner ATK [NYSE: ATK]. These demonstrations, conducted in July and November 2013, showcased how agencies relying on LEO satellites for military, scientific or disaster recovery activities can leverage existing commercial satellite infrastructure to reduce latency and costs. The effort was completed under the Broad Agency Announcement for the Weather Satellite Follow-On Activities Risk Reduction Technology Project for which ATK serves as the prime contractor.  


The demonstrations relied on assets distributed across the continental United States, including Beltsville, MD, Germantown, MD, San Diego, CA, and El Segundo, CA. During the event, Hughes and ATK showcased how sensor data from LEO satellites could be transmitted over commercial Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites and seamlessly handed off to the end user securely without any loss of information. The demonstration included cloud-based processing of data products and dissemination on handheld devices using an end-to-end information architecture hardened with cybersecurity measures and security operations.

"Hughes is proud to have demonstrated this exciting new technology to the U.S. Air Force," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager, Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes. "LEO satellites play a crucial role in data collection for everything from weather data to aerial imagery. Currently, these satellites relay their data to ground stations in the Polar Regions, introducing a delay. However, we can reduce this delay and also support operational cost reductions by transmitting this data to commercial GEO satellites."

The net-centric approach relies not only on satellite communications equipment, but an entire suite of technologies, including network management systems, cybersecurity measures, enterprise services, gateway facilities, and ground connectivity for secure cloud processing. Together, these components enable scalable data collection, algorithmic processing and dissemination to end user devices. This service-oriented architecture puts time-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information in the hands of those on the ground, making data available through military-ruggedized smart phones, tablets and computers.

1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 0.00%
FB $117.58 0.00%
GOOG $693.01 0.00%
TSLA $240.76 0.00%
YHOO $36.60 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs