October has been a busy month for us here at iDirect Government thanks to two shows on two coasts last week.
We’re proud to have been a part of both and look forward to attending more in the coming months. Here’s a recap of the Association of the U.S. Army’s (AUSA) annual meeting and the Satellite Innovation Symposium.
AUSA: Washington, D.C.
We don’t always attend the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C., but when we do, we only bring the latest and greatest to the table – and the streets of D.C..
From Oct. 8-10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, we displayed our 950mp and 9050 OM for all attendees to see. Both products work seamlessly together – the 9050 OM protects the 950mp from the elements without sacrificing precious size, weight and power (SWaP). Our 950mp operates on Evolution 4.2, our fastest and most powerful defense-based software to date, making it a critical component for communication in the field.
AUSA’s annual meeting kicked off with a literal bang when runners took off for the Army Ten-Miler at the Pentagon. iDirectGov Operations Coordinator Thomas Whitaker, raced his first 10 miles with a friend from General Dynamics. Having only signed up for the race a week prior, he knocked it out of the park with little training. Congratulations, Thomas!
But we weren’t the only ones on display at AUSA. Several vendors showed off their prowess with tanks, guns and ammo… and a few working dogs made an appearance as well.
While our team attended AUSA on the east coast, a few more attended the Satellite Innovation Symposium on the California coast.
Satellite Innovation Symposium: Mountain View, California
For the past three years, leaders and pioneers in the satellite industry have gathered together at the annual Satellite Innovation Symposium. This year, there were multiple panels with more than 120 speakers engaging on topics including LEO/MEO constellations, advances in ground electronics, flat panel antenna systems and other technology that will define the future of the satellite industry. U.S. government and military officials were also at the event sharing valuable input to industry what their needs are to fulfill mission requirements.
While attending, iDirectGov President John Ratigan, Sr. Vice President Greg Walker and Sr. Product Manager Tony Tran had the opportunity to engage panels on RF interference. While the cause of radio frequency (RF) interference can be unintentional, it was recognized that there are situations where this is not the case. Operating in contested RF environments is becoming a prevalent issue in the satellite industry. It was acknowledged that this issue hasn’t received the attention it deserves. However, we can expect this to change as companies continue to innovate and address the needs of the marketplace.
Overall, the Satellite Innovation Symposium was very well attended by key decision makers and influencers in the industry. The event not only allowed us to reconnect with business associates and partners, but it also allowed us to have meaningful engagement and collaboration on new ideas for the future.