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Feb. 6–9Washington Convention Center

The Industry

satellite technology

The Attendees

more than 7,400 members of the international military-industrial complex

The Issues

The feud that’s polarizing the satellite-placement industry: geostationary or merely geosynchronous orbits?

The Holy Grail of rack-mounted equipment cabinets is finally at hand—noise reduction and heat removal, together at last.

Does the small gain in security justify the cost of a private VSAT hub? Just how compromising, exactly, is using a terrestrial backhaul through a shared hub facility?

Canadian firm UPMACS Communications Inc., according to a brochure, “will save you money.” How, you ask? How ’bout multilevel sign-ons and audible alarm latching? How ’bout an event-log browser with customizable filtering? How ’bout full-port diagnostics tools, built-in serial communication terminals, and a multithreaded design that provides a smooth, multitasked environment for operators? Who’s laughing now, bitch?

—Franklin Schneider