SS/L has been chosen to design and develop the next generation of Protected Military SatCom for the US Air Force. According to the Palo Alto-based satellite manufacturer, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center issues the contract for the development of design concepts.
The focus of the partnership is on cost-effective solutions. The Space and Missile Systems Center or SMC is more cost-conscious and is working with SS/L to develop practical technologies that would secure and protect high-security communications systems in place.
SS/L will be working with industry partners in this project to combine efforts in the development of innovative technologies with existing military solutions. According to the company, they will be working on both the space and ground-segments of the project.
John Celi, President of SS/L said that they will be, “Working with our industry partners, we will use domain expertise, proven military technology, and our supply chain efficiencies to quickly bring increased capability to the warfighter.”
SS/L was initially a manufacturing subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications but last Friday it was announced by Dettwiler and Associates of Canada they have acquired the California-based company.