Wednesday, November 5, 2014

[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] The United States Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) has awarded a contract to SES Government Solutions to provide capacity for the Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). Under the five year agreement, SES GS will operate as a sub-contractor to AIS Engineering. AIS and SES GS’ combined solution will use SES satellites exclusively. The U.S. Army intends to use the capacity for testing new applications in mobile missions.

WIN-T Army network
The Army’s Deployable Ku-band Earth Terminals such as the one shown here in August 2013 at an enduring site in Afghanistan, are part of the WIN-T network architecture. Photo: U.S. Army

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Monday, November 3, 2014

AIS Engineering, Inc. Provides United States Government with Satellite Services

AIS provides COMSATCOM Transponded Capacity for the WIN-T Program

Silver Spring, MD – November 3, 2014 – AIS Engineering, Inc. (AIS) was awarded contract HC1013-14-F-0038 (CTC0195) for Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Transponded Capacity to provide Bandwidth for the Joint Satellite Engineering Center (JSEC) for the Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T). AIS will be providing the satellite capacity together with SES Government Solutions (SES GS). The Task Order is valued at over $50 million over the life of the contract.

The Future Commercial SATCOM Acquisition (FCSA) program is managed by the General Services Administration (GSA) in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. AIS Engineering is an approved vendor on other elements of the FCSA program—transponded capacity and subscription services—which are managed through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule 70 vehicle.

AIS is a woman-owned, small business headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.  AIS provides communications, operations, maintenance and support to federal and commercial clients along with research, design, integration, and implementation.  AIS has implemented fully managed, turn-key global communication services, supplying logistics, engineering, network design, staffing, training and integration services for many corporations and Government entities since 1994.  Please visit, contact AIS at, or call +1.301.585.1238 for additional information.

For further information please contact:

Eric A. Minner
Sr. Vice President, Operations
AIS Engineering, Inc.
(301) 585-1238 ext 109

SES Lowers Revenue Forecast, Says 03Bb Expansion Top Priority

Credit: SES photo

By Peter B. de Selding | Oct. 31, 2014

SES CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh said spending on O3b is a higher priority given what he has seen of customer reaction to the service. O3b has begun demonstrating its system to the U.S. government, he said.

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator SES on Oct. 31 reduced its expected revenue performance for 2014, saying that it is now suffering — later than its competitors — the full effects of U.S. Defense Department budget pressures. … SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh also said during the call that SES’s first investment priority for the coming months will be expanding the fleet of O3b Networks, a company in which SES has a major stake and options to become majority shareholder.

O3b has launched eight satellites into medium Earth orbit. While the first four have an onboard issue that likely will reduce their operating lives and deliver a $315 million insurance claim into O3b’s treasury, the company has maintained the minimum six in full operational status and, since September, has begun loading commercial customers onto the service  …  He pointed to SES Government Solutions’ win, in September, of the U.S. Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) contract for five years of satellite capacity, using entirely SES fleet capacity, as a subcontractor to AIS Engineering Inc. of Silver Spring, Maryland.