December 11, 2017

General Atomics awarded contract for ARGOS satellite system

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems announced Dec. 8 that it has been awarded a Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium contract from Advanced Technology International for the Army Resilient Global on-the-move SATCOM.

ARGOS is a satellite system intended to provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency Beyond Line of Sight assured communications and Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) data capture capabilities for use by the United States Army.

“Our team has demonstrated success in the rapid design, development, test, and launch of satellite systems like ARGOS,” stated Nick Bucci, vice president for Missile Defense and Space Systems at GA-EMS. “ARGOS will play an important role in delivering beyond the horizon assured communications for the Army Component and Combatant Commanders. A satellite-based system will provide assured communications for future warfighters whenever and wherever they need it.” 

The U.S. Army and Combatant Commanders are involved in countering transnational organized crime, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, peacekeeping operations support, training and exercise, multi-national engagements, and human rights efforts.

Not only will ARGOS support the needs of the U.S. Army, but also the Combatant Commanders and Partner Nations. 
GA-EMS has successfully flown 11 satellites, providing concept to on-orbit integrated system solutions to support a variety of defense and aerospace applications. GA-EMS specializes in developing space satellite system solutions, including emerging technologies for 3U to 6U CubeSats and small satellites that offer a high degree of configuration and payload flexibility.

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