When it comes to satellites, less can be more

April 12, 2019 News

In a recent C4ISRNET article, Inmarsat Government’s Senior Vice President
of Government Strategy and Policy, Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, discusses the need for an
integrated satellite communications architecture, highlighting the importance of “achieving
interoperability with a diversity of sources.”
Cowen-Hirsch dissects the antiquated perspective that satellite architectures need to be
“exclusively military or exclusively commercial,” reinforcing that it “needs to be an integrated
architecture that leverages the best of breed.” In looking toward a hybrid business model,
Cowen-Hirsch emphasizes the use of existing assets, while also incorporating commercial
“The focus has always been on creating these ‘Battlestar Galactica’ satellites, with these
massive missions,” Cowen-Hirsch said. “The military could partner with the commercial
industrial base to build faster, cheaper and more responsive solutions.”

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