Defense Satellite Transmission Services - Global (DSTS-G)
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is implementing the Department of Defense (DoD) Teleport System. The system will integrate, manage, and control a variety of communications interfaces between the Defense Information System Network (DISN) terrestrial and tactical satellite communications (SATCOM) assets at a single point of presence.
The system is a telecommunications collection and distribution point, providing deployed warfighters with multiband, multimedia, and worldwide reach-back capabilities to DISN that far exceed current capabilities. Teleport is an extension of the Standardized Tactical Entry Point (STEP) program, which currently provides reach-back for deployed warfighters via the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) X-band satellites. This new system provides additional connectivity via multiple military and commercial SATCOM systems, and it provides a seamless interface into DISN. The system provides inter- and intra-theater communications through a variety of SATCOM choices and increased DISN access capabilities.
The system will be implemented in three phases:
- Generation One- Currently being implemented, Generation One (fiscal year 2002-2003) architecture adds capabilities to a subset of existing STEP sites. It will provide satellite connectivity for deployed tactical communications systems operating in X-band (DSCS and follow-on X-band satellites), commercial C- and Ku-bands and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band.
- Generation Two- This generation's (FY04-05) notional architecture depicts how the DoD Teleport System will be supplemented with Ka-band, L-band and Extremely High Frequency (EHF) SATCOM capabilities. The Ka-band terminals will provide interfaces to the Wideband Gapfiller System (WGS) program, which will provide Ka-band and X-band coverage with throughput far exceeding the current DSCS satellite constellation.
- Generation Three- This generation (FY06-FY10) consists of technology insertion for the Advanced EHF System, Advanced Narrowband System, and the Advanced Wideband System, including technology upgrades for baseband equipment.
On 31 July 2002, the Government awarded a $16 million task order for the DOD Teleport Generation One project to Arrowhead Space and Telecommunications, Inc., a Native American, woman-owned small business, McLean, Va. The task order was issued under the government-wide contract known as the Defense Satellite Transmission Services - Global (DSTS-G).
This large-scale project will facilitate connectivity between the various Military and commercial SATCOM systems and the Defense Information System Network (DISN), enabling the DOD to serve the warriors' communication needs, to-and-from the battlefield, on a global basis. It encompasses a wide range of commercial satellite services including global fixed and mobile satellite services and related satellite-based hardware, software, design, installation and maintenance.
Generation One includes the design, civil works, and installation of seven (7) C-Band 16.4 meter Standard A terminals and seven (7) Ku-Band 8.3 meter terminals at multiple locations throughout the world.
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