The U.S. Air Force is laying the groundwork for a next-generation protected military satellite communications architecture with $84.3 million worth of contracts issued to 17 companies to explore a variety of options. The studies kicked off last month and will continue for two years. Today’s space-based protected milsatcom architecture consists of legacy Milstar satellites and two new Advanced Extremely High Frequency spacecraft made by Lockheed Martin. There are also payloads in ...

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