Under a new agreement with U.S. defense contractor Peraton, OneWeb’s satellite communications services will be more widely available to military users in hard-to-reach areas, including ships at sea.
The U.S. Space Force later this year will begin to take over the operation of 11 Navy narrowband communications satellites.
The Army is looking at commercially managed satellite communications services for it logistics network.
Intelsat’s managed-broadband service is called FlexGround Communications-On-The-Move.
The contract had been previously given to Inmarsat but had to be re-competed after Peraton successfully protested the award.
The “United States Space Force Vision for Satellite Communications” was approved by Gen. John Raymond on Jan. 23.
The Infrastructure Asset Pre-Assessment (IA-Pre) program will be run by the Air Force Space Command’s commercial satellite communications office.
Maj. Gen. Gallagher: The problem today is insufficient capacity and high latency in satellite links.
The Pentagon is moving to establish U.S. Space Command to take over warfighting responsibilities while the procurement of equipment and services would be handled by the Space Force, under the Department of the Air Force.
With the introduction of cost-effective wideband commercial communication satellites, satellite operator are rapidly transforming the technical and business models of legacy fixed services to offer SATCOM as a Service approaches pioneered by trusted mobile satellite operators.
The roaming test was part of an Air Force pilot project that is looking at ways to use commercial satellite services to lower the cost and increase the resiliency of military communications.
Grason: “We’re seeing a different type of support to get after the transformation, to elevate commercial satcom to where it needs to be, as vital infrastructure."
There are about 150 program managers who oversee satcom terminals across the Defense Department. It could take decades to upgrade up to 17,000 systems.
Defense budget bill creates path for future network of military, commercial communications satellites
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new “program of record for commercial satellite communications."
Air Force Col. George Nagy, who oversees the DoD wideband communications analysis of alternatives study: “Today we operate a hybrid commercial and military architecture."