Space Force extends Kratos’ contract for satellite ground systems

Rendering of the U.S. Space Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellites. Credit: Lockheed Martin By Sandra Erwin, Published by Spacenews, 25 November 2023 The new eight-year contract, worth up to $579 million, is for maintenance and development of ground control systems for military communications satellites WASHINGTON — Kratos Defense & Security

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Additional vendors selected for DoD’s low Earth orbit satellite services contract

Lynk Global operates ‘cell-tower-in-space’ satellites that provide direct-to-standard-phone connectivity. Credit: Lynk Global By Sandra Erwin, Published by Space News, 27 November 2023 WASHINGTON — The Defense Information Systems Agency on Nov. 22 published a request for proposals for low Earth orbit satellite-based services.  Up to $900 million worth of task orders will

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China plans to take ‘hack-proof’ quantum satellite technology to new heights

Diagram of message-sending from Vienna to Beijing through space-ground integrated quantum network using China's Micius satellite, which launched in 2016. (Image credit: CAS/Pan Jianwei's team) By Andrew Jones, Published by Space.com, 30 October 2023 China is planning new, cutting-edge quantum communications satellites. China launched the first dedicated quantum communications satellite, named Micius,

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Space Force sees SATCOM awards surging to $20 billion this fiscal year

Northrop Grumman and Boeing are both developing prototypes for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM program. (Northrop Grumman) By Courtney Albon, Published by Defense News, 26 October 2023 WASHINGTON — As the Space Force looks to modernize its military satellite communications and positioning, navigation and timing capabilities, its acquisition command is preparing

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SDA gets OK to begin limited testing of data satellites Link 16 nodes

Link 16 is a tactical military data network, used by US and NATO air-, sea- and land-base platforms. (Viasat image.) By Theresa Hitchens, Published by Breaking Defense, 26 October 2023 WASHINGTON — The Space Development Agency (SDA) finally can begin testing Link-16 signals from its Transport Layer of data relay satellites in low Earth

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