• The Department of Defence Wideband Global Satellite 6 (WGS6) satellite as it’s being connected to the launch vehicle in preparation for take off. Credit: Defence
    The Department of Defence Wideband Global Satellite 6 (WGS6) satellite as it’s being connected to the launch vehicle in preparation for take off. Credit: Defence
  • The opening dinner at MilCIS 2016. Credit: ADM (David Jones)
    The opening dinner at MilCIS 2016. Credit: ADM (David Jones)
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Katherine Ziesing | Canberra

There were a few speaking highlights at MilCIS in Canberra last week, with Air Vice Marshal Andrew Dowse, Head of ICT Operations in CIO Group, giving a ‘state of the union’ update on satcoms and various comms programs in particular.

“The various JP2008 phases have been delivering enhanced satcom systems comprising the four segments of space, anchoring, terminal and network management,” AVM Dowse explained. “However, it has not been without issues. With JP2008 wideband phases running both sequentially and concurrently, we effectively did not keep the segments synchronised, especially due to the time taken to acquire terminal capabilities. Now, as significant numbers of WGS certified terminals are being delivered, we are finding we are constrained by anchoring capacity.

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