Deerfield, IL (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
Northrop Grumman Corporation has joined the Hosted Payload Alliance as an Executive Member, HPA announced. HPA is the nonprofit satellite industry association established to serve as a bridge between government and private industry, fostering open communication between potential users and providers of hosted payload capabilities.
Robert Burke, Space Systems Vice President and Deputy General Manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, will serve as the company’s primary representative to HPA. Northrop Grumman was motivated to join HPA because “threats to disrupt or deny communications to military services are increasing at the same time that demand for network capacity is growing rapidly,” Burke said. “We have extensive experience in providing protected communications payloads to the military and are very interested in working with the alliance to explore opportunities for providing anti-jam communications payloads that are scalable and affordable to increase the resiliency of this technology to all service members.”
Northrop Grumman joins Executive Members Arianespace, ATK Space Systems, Boeing, EADS North America, Harris Corporation, Intelsat, Iridium, Lockheed Martin, Orbital, Raytheon, SES, and Space Systems/Loral. Executive members have a seat on the HPA Board of Directors, the Alliance’s governing body.
“Northrop Grumman has a long history of providing sophisticated and mission critical payloads to the U.S. and international governments. This deep expertise and important perspective of hosted payloads will make them a key contributor to the Hosted Payload Alliance” said HPA chairman Don Thoma.
Established in 2010, HPA represents satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, system integrators and launch service providers, as well as other interested parties, and focuses on education, awareness and developing solutions to common challenges.