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XTAR Receives DISA/GSA FCSA Schedule 70 SIN for Transponder Services

 


November 8, 2011


XTAR, LLC, has been awarded a Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) Schedule-70 Special Identification Number (SIN) for transponded services. The award gives XTAR’s government users an additional option for acquiring commercially-available, high-speed X-band capacity. It also reinforces XTAR’s ability to serve the government’s varied mission requirements for both bandwidth-only and value-added solutions through its relationships with resellers.

The DISA/GSA FCSA transponder services SIN pertains to leasing short- and long-term satellite bandwidth. XTAR’s SIN award covers a period of five years, with two five-year renewal options. The U.S. government has awarded several task orders for X-band to support the warfighter and anticipates the number and frequency of such task orders to increase under FCSA as demand for space segment increases. This demand is driven by applications requiring greater bandwidth, including Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR).

Philip Harlow, XTAR president and COO, explained, “Through this FCSA award, government users now have another contract vehicle to access XTAR’s high-power satellite resources.” He added: “XTAR is pursuing various methods to make X-band capacity more available, both on a space segment-only basis as well as through its trusted, value-added resellers. With our FCSA Schedule 70 award, XTAR can more swiftly and efficiently respond to warfighter’s’ growing demand for commercial satellite resources that meet their mission requirements.”

XTAR-EUR, located at 29
O E, entered service in April 2005. It carries twelve 100W wideband X-band transponders in both right- and left-hand circular polarization. This extremely flexible payload makes it ideal for X-band services from Eastern Brazil and the Atlantic Ocean, across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia. The satellite covers a large geographic area with its two global beams, one fixed and four steerable beams that can be repointed within the satellite’s coverage area. This flexibility, combined with coverage of Africa and North- and South America by XTAR’s second payload, XTAR-LANT, adds tremendous capabilities for government and military users across most of the globe.