San Diego Business Journal

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. recently received approximately $65 million worth of work in the space and satellite communications realm. The work came in the form of multiple contracts. At least one customer exercised an option on previously awarded work.

Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) made the announcement Dec. 31 but did not disclose its customers or the number of contracts.

The U.S. Air Force publicly disclosed one award to Kratos on Dec. 21: a $20.7 million modification to a 2013 contract for Control System Consolidated production and sustainment. The system handles communications satellites, specifically the telemetry, tracking and commanding of current and future satellites. Work is being performed at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base and in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“The space sector is experiencing a technology renaissance, and much of that advancement is occurring in the ground segment solutions that Kratos specializes in: those which assure the availability, reliability, security and operational goals of these missions,” said Phil Carrai, president of Kratos’ Space, Cybersecurity and Training business, in a statement released Dec. 31.

“The range of space missions enabled by these awards and renewals is extremely broad, and Kratos is one of the only companies that can support that breadth with industry-leading COTS [commercial, off the shelf] products, as well as cloud operations enablement, mission-specific applications and tailored waveforms.”

In its statement, Kratos said its products support more than 85 percent of U.S. space missions, and are used by more than 75 percent of global satellite operators. Kratos owns and operates the largest global, commercial network of space-focused radio frequency sensors employed to help customers identify, locate and mitigate interference challenges.

The company recently announced it has begun leveraging this network to offer new space situational awareness services — that is, services to bring Kratos customers additional clarity and insight into their operations in the space environment.