Hosted payloads: Opportunity exists for commercial and military collaboration, questions and concerns remain

LONG BEACH, Calif., 3 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

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LONG BEACH, Calif., 3 April 2014. “We are at an inflection point, and have opportunity now,” says Skot Butler, vice president, satellite networks & space services at Intelsat General Corp. “Technology advances, mounting government pressures, emerging new launch access, and more present the opportunity to have a meaningful new dialog about a national space architecture that benefits us all.”

To disaggregate or not to disaggregate? Continue with military-specific satellites or host commercial payloads? Should commercial satellites host military payloads? If yes, what military missions are appropriate for commercial satellites? Related concerns and questions currently surround security, risk, sustainability and continuity, total cost of ownership (TCO), and control, Butler explains.

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