The Army is not ready to sign contracts with any LEO broadband providers quite yet, but it’s scoping the market.
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."
As head of Army Space and Missile Defense Command since 2017, Dickinson has advocated for more training for troops about their dependence on space.
The Army is pondering broader use of low-cost satellites for tactical applications.
DoD sources said Esper is likely to continue to advocate for space investments.
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.
Esper: “Army is a big user of space. We’re heavily reliant on it.”
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Leading a new effort to improve connectivity for Army units is Maj. Gen. David Bassett, program executive officer for command, control, and communications-tactical, or PEO C3T.
The Army would use small satellites to support tactical imagery needs in the field.
The U.S. Army’s experimental Kestrel Eye is scheduled to deploy Oct. 24 from the International Space Station to begin a two-year mission testing how the small satellite can speed the delivery of time-sensitive overhead imagery to soldiers on the ground