2011 Speeches
Craig R Cooning

Craig R. Cooning

Vice President, General Manager, Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems

Chairman and CEO, Boeing Satellite Systems, International

"Hosted Payloads"

Euroconsult's World Satellite Business Week

Paris, France

September 14, 2011

Good Afternoon. It's great to be back in Paris, and to have the opportunity to meet with so many colleagues in this great satellite industry.

You just saw a short video highlighting some of our technical accomplishments, but more importantly, focusing on the future.

It's a bright future, and, just like last year, our industry continues to see a high number of satellite orders and deliveries.

The commercial satellite business is healthy, and that's great news for all of us.

We've had a busy year at Boeing, too.

We've just celebrated our 50th anniversary in the satellite business, and we launched two satellites so far this year: the second X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a revolutionary unmanned space plane that is launched like a satellite on a launch vehicle, autonomously operated like an orbiter, and lands on its own, and the second GPS satellite, one of 12 in the constellation that Boeing is building for the United States Air Force.

We're very proud of our 33-year history with the GPS program, and we continue to advance the design of these wonderful satellites to deliver more and more capability.

If you think back to some of the most revolutionary inventions in the world, GPS has to rank near the top of the list.

Back when the Air Force created the requirements for GPS, I am sure they were not thinking of it as a vehicle for approving credit card charges, precision timing, or helping with directions.

Today, GPS has become a household word, and it's an excellent example of a military satellite that has important civilian uses.

But a significant shortfall of military satellite communications still exists, and the time is now for commercial satellites to help solve that problem.

When you consider that 80% of the military's current satellite communications capacity is leased from commercial space assets, it's clear that a change is necessary.

Last year, I spoke to you about the concept of hosted payloads.

We had just received a contract from Inmarsat for three satellites, and each of those will carry military and commercial Ka-band payloads.

Right now, Boeing is building five hosted payloads.

I am going to show you a short video now that highlights one of these hosted payloads, a UHF payload that we are building for Intelsat.

This payload will operate on IS-22, in addition to, and independent of, IS-22's other payload, which will serve Intelsat's commercial customers.

As you can see, this is a real satellite being processed in our satellite factory.

It's also pivotal for Boeing, because it is our first 702MP "medium power" satellite bus, which we announced about 2-1/2 years ago, in conjunction with a four-satellite contract from Intelsat.

We are on schedule to complete this satellite this fall, and we will ship it in November for launch.

That's a complete satellite -- with a commercial payload and a military payload -- delivered in less than 3 years from contract signature.

We are very proud of the progress we've made with IS-22, and it's proven that it is possible to deliver a highly capable satellite in a relatively short time.

In the United States and around the world, government is asking technology to do more -- with no more or even less.

Hosted payloads can be a key enabler for a wide range of government systems.

We have been expanding our concepts to even more strategic military frequencies, such as EHF.

We recently completed interoperability tests that indicate our EHF payload designs are compatible with current EHF terminals.

This is important, because hosted EHF payloads could lead to a more economical protected tactical communications system available at 1/6th the cost of a traditional military system.

Boeing is committed to hosted payloads, and we are going to continue to explore other options for hosted payloads, such as those for weather monitoring and surveillance.

We believe the sky is truly unlimited.

Since last year, there have also been some important developments in the hosted payloads market.

In March, seven companies formed the Hosted Payload Alliance.

Boeing is proud to be a charter member of that alliance, which seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites.

We have also seen our Air Force customer at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, establish a hosted payloads office.

Clearly, momentum is building.

At the start of this speech, I mentioned the future.

There's a bright future ahead for hosted payloads, but some changes are necessary to fully and completely leverage the economic and technical benefits.

We need hosted payloads operating in space in order to support the military.

Boeing will launch two hosted payloads in 2012, and three more by 2014, but there's a significant amount of opportunity for commercial operators to partner with manufacturers to increase that number.

We also need a procurement process that supports the acquisition of hosted payloads.

The Hosted Payload Alliance is facilitating some of those discussions.

And finally, we need to continue to educate military users about the benefits of hosting military payloads on commercial satellites.

The contributions possible with hosted payloads create an excellent business opportunity for commercial satellite manufacturers and operators, while also benefitting the military forces that so desperately need information via satellite.

I wish you continued success, and I hope you enjoy your time at World Satellite Business Week.

Thank you.