Washington, US: Seven satellite industry companies have formed an industry alliance, Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA). It aims to increase awareness of the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites. HPA Steering Committee members are Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, Intelsat General Corporation, Iridium Communications Inc., Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Orbital Sciences Corporation, SES WORLD SKIES U.S. Government Solutions and Space Systems/Loral.
The companies expect to be joined by other satellite operators, satellite manufacturers and system integrators in a broad-based organisation aimed at increasing awareness of hosted payloads as a means of providing the US government with timely and cost-effective space-based capabilities.
The formation of the HPA is the industry’s reaction to the 2010 US National Space Policy, which calls for public-private partnerships to fill gaps in government space capabilities. The policy encourages federal agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to leverage commercial services wherever possible to overcome cuts in government space-bases sensor programmes.
Source: Parabolic Arc