DoD Satcom: Big money for military satellites, slow shift to commercial services

By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 22 June 2022 The Pentagon plans to spend nearly $13 billion over the next five years to develop and acquire military communications satellites. According to U.S. Department of Defense budget documents, this large investment supports growing demands for connectivity and secure data networks across

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SpaceX to Turn on Laser Communications for Starlink Satellites, Reducing Internet Latency

By Cristian Agatie, Published by autorevolution, 14 June 2022 SpaceX has already launched around 2,000 satellites for its Starlink internet service and is now prepared to take it to the next level. Elon Musk has announced that the company will turn on laser inter-communication between satellites to dramatically reduce latency.

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Elon Musk is Not a Renegade Outsider – He’s a Massive Pentagon Contractor

By Alan Macleod, Published by MintpressNews, 31 May 2022 AUSTIN, TEXAS – Elon Musk’s proposed takeover of Twitter has ruffled many feathers among professional commentators. “Musk is the wrong leader for Twitter’s vital mission,” read one Bloomberg headline. The network also insisted, “Nothing in the Tesla CEO’s track record suggests

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General Dynamics wins ground systems contract for Space Development Agency’s megaconstellation

By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 26 May 2022 General Dynamics' partners in this contract include Iridium, KSAT, Emergent and Raytheon WASHINGTON — General Dynamics Mission Systems won a $324.5 million contract to operate the ground systems and manage network operations of the Space Development Agency’s low Earth orbit constellation,

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BlueHalo wins $1.4 billion contract to upgrade U.S. satellite control network

By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 24 May 2022 The satellite control network includes the ground stations and tracking antennas used by the U.S. military to communicate with its satellites WASHINGTON — The Space Rapid Capabilities Office awarded BlueHalo a $1.4 billion eight-year contract to add communications capacity to the

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