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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 07:26 AM
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New satellite system launch delayed by 6 years
New satellite system launch delayed by 6 years
By Erik Holmes - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Dec 23, 2008 18:26:59 EST

The Air Force announced Tuesday that it will restructure the Transformational Satellite Communications System program, delaying by six years a satellite system designed to dramatically expand the militarys bandwidth.

The service will release a new draft of its request for proposals later this week, according to an Air Force press release.

The first TSAT satellite, which had been scheduled to launch in 2013, will now not launch until 2019, according to the press release.

The Pentagon had already decided in October to delay a contract award until the new administration takes over, but Tuesdays announcement signals the department is taking a fresh look at the whole program.

Under the restructured program, the initial increment of TSAT will consist of five block 10 satellites and associated ground control systems with a first launch by 2019, according to the press release. The capabilities requested in the RFP coming out later this week include internet protocol routing for network management and new ways to communicate with deployed forces.


Rest of article at: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/12/airforce_TSAT...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 07:33 AM
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1. If they'd stop downloading porn in the middle of battles, they wouldn't need so much bandwidth.
Edited on Wed Dec-24-08 07:34 AM by IanDB1
Maybe.


Okay... possibly.
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