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
The U.S. Army wants to accelerate its network modernization programs by making greater use of commercial telecommunications technology.
U.S. Army officials went to Capitol Hill this week seeking lawmakers’ approval to stop buying satellite communications systems that are susceptible to jamming and shift funds to more modern alternatives.
The U.S. Army is set to launch its Kestrel Eye electro-optical technology demonstration microsatellite Aug. 14 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.