US plans to deploy their own internet space satellite group
York Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Space and Northrop Grumman Space Systems awarded with 1.8B contract
The U.S. military has set up a network of space satellites to beam broadband internet to Earth.
Last week, the contracts were awarded to three parties: York Space Systems, Lockheed Martin Space and Northrop Grumman Space Systems. The combined value of the contracts is $ 1.8 billion.
For that money, the Ministry of Defense will get 126 small satellites that orbit the Earth in low orbit. The application is purely military. Similar initiatives are being developed in the civilian industry. Europe has only expressed its own ideas for this.
The space codes should become active in the course of 2024 and 2025. To date, these types of satellites were the size of cars or buses and could cost hundreds of millions of dollars apiece or more. Due to acceleration in the development of space technology, hardware is becoming smaller.