Shotwell: “We’re talking to the Army about Starlink and Starship."
Maj. Gen. Gallagher: The problem today is insufficient capacity and high latency in satellite links.
Lt. Gen. Dickinson: Army has 'a very important role' in space operations.
Gen. Murray: “We have to have multiple ways of getting PNT in the future battlefield because of the threat of jamming."
Air Force funding three new rockets to compete with SpaceX but only intends to buy launch services from two providers
Phase 2 of the Launch Service Agreement will be an open competition. All there winners have to compete - or they would have to return their development funds back to the government. SpaceX presumably would bid as well.
In a keynote speech at AUSA, Shanahan called on the Army to change how it buys technology for its future force, especially in newer areas of warfare like cyber and space.
Companies in the defense industry see assured PNT as a growing business as the military looks for equipment that can operate without GPS signals.
One of the Army's concerns is that commercial satellite services may not be compatible with most of the military’s terminals, antennas and modems.
These kits are a departure from traditional Army communications systems that are large, bulky and require a lot of setup time.
Esper: “Army is a big user of space. We’re heavily reliant on it.”