Satellite Communications (SATCOM)


Commercial satellite communications services help federal, state, local, and tribal governments maintain essential and secure communications where no wire line or wireless infrastructure exists.

Our satellite programs offer Custom Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and custom solutions to:

  • Mobile, fixed, and broadcast satellite services including Inmarsat and Iridium;
  • Quick deployment for emergency response communications; and
  • Support for continuity of operations and distance learning.


Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) and Custom SATCOM Solutions - Small Business (CS2-SB) are available now for federal agencies to procure end-to-end solutions.

CS2 and CS2-SB can provide satellite systems that require satellite bandwidth, equipment and engineering support for:

  • Interactive voice, video, or data networks for applications such as distance learning and telemedicine.
  • Broadcast satellite services with network operations and management support.
  • Network diversity/continuity of operations (COOP) networks such as VSAT backup networks.
  • Emergency response and disaster recovery communications systems.
  • Long duration, baseline communications services and infrastructure to support enduring user requirements.
  • Short duration communications services to support temporary user requirements.
  • Communications on the move solutions for Department of Defense (DoD) applications.

Solutions include:

  • Satellite transport (bandwidth);
  • Fixed or mobile satellite service, and
  • Service-enabling components such as terminals, handsets, and tail circuits with engineering services to integrate, operate, and maintain the solution.

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IT Schedule 70 features a wide variety of commercial satellite products and services, such as:

  • Transponded capacity, which includes dedicated bandwidth on a commercial communications satellite; and
  • Subscription services, which include subscriptions to pre-existing, pre-engineered satellite solutions, including service plans and terminals.

State, local, and tribal governments

State, local, and tribal governments can use the Cooperative Purchasing Program to buy from IT Schedule 70.

For industry partners

IT Schedule 70 is continually open to new offers from industry partners. Download the IT Schedule 70 FedBizOpps announcement for instructions on how to respond to the solicitation.

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Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA)

GSA’s satellite communications contracts support the joint GSA-DoD Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA).

  • Transponded capacity and subscription services through IT Schedule 70; and
  • End-to-end satellite services through two new contracts, Custom SATCOM Solutions CS2 and CS2- Small Business.

Download an Overview of GSA's Satellite Programs [PDF - 4.81 MB, 04/15/2014]

Download the CS3 Industry Day presentation [PDF - 395 KB, 05/21/2015]

Download the CS3 Industry Day Question and Answer (Q&A) [DOC - 27 KB, 06/11/2015]

For the latest information on CS3, please visit the FCSA Community Interact Site.

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For Department of Defense (DoD) customers

All DoD customers should go through Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO).

DISA/DITCO uses eBuy to notify industry partners of potential and current requirements through synopses, requests for information, and requests for proposals.

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Last Reviewed 2017-04-10