A committee charged with giving the U.S. government advice on space-based navigation services concluded that the FCC’s approval of Ligado’s 5G network is a “high-risk” decision that jeopardizes GPS services.
This was the first time SpaceX recovered a booster following a National Security Space Launch mission.
SpaceX on June 30 is scheduled to make its first attempt to recover the Falcon 9 booster after launching a military satellite.
Five associations representing users of the Global Positioning System will be joining forces against the FCC.
Mike Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said DoD will seek help from Congress to get the FCC to reverse its decision.
The House Armed Services Committee said the FCC's approval of Ligado’s proposal disregards federal law.
Brig. Gen. James: GPS links are vulnerable, which is “part of the reason we're concerned about this situation.”
Goldfein: Ligado building a 5G network in the spectrum near GPS is a major concern
DoD opposes the FCC's decision while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the deployment of the 5G network is “vital to our national security."
DoD issued a joint statement with the Department of Transportation criticizing the FCC ruling.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a spectrum application from Ligado Networks that would allow the company to deploy a wireless communications service that the Pentagon says will drown out GPS signals.
Until OCX is delivered, the Space Force will use the ground system known as Contingency Operations, or COps, made by Lockheed Martin.
The executive order signed Feb. 12 is titled “Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services.”
The April launch will be SpaceX’s second GPS 3 mission