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Elon Musk was accused of disrupting the US military space satellite communication program

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun12,2024

Ilon Musk was accused of disrupting the US military space satellite communication program

The US Space Force is closely monitoring SpaceX's Starlink internet service and similar services. This is due to the fact that Elon Musk's company recently introduced a direct-to-cell service that allows users to connect directly to satellites through their smartphones. According to SpaceNews, this technology can significantly affect military narrowband satellite communication systems, Interesting Engineering writes.

At the Milsatcom USA conference on June 10, Col. Eric Felt, director of space architecture in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, explained how Starlink and other similar services could impact the US Space Force. Felt noted that direct-to-cell technology can be extremely disruptive to existing military systems. Commercial direct-to-cell services provide services similar to those offered by the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), which provides secure calls and data for US mobile forces.

< strong>The US space force plans to order two new narrowband communications satellites from Lockheed Martin or Boeing to enhance the existing MUOS constellation of five satellites in geosynchronous orbits. This upgrade will allow coverage into the 2030s.

Felt also noted that the Space Force is closely monitoring the development of direct-to-cell commercial satellite communications services , which may replace MUOS in the future. The new satellites will be a "bridge to the 2030s", when it will be possible to transition from the current MUOS terminals to other solutions.

Felt also mentioned a new study being conducted by the Space Force organization called the Space Warfare Analysis Center. It examines the future of narrowband architecture and considers all possible options, including direct-to-cell and 5G from space. Although security can be an issue, the advantage of instant connection without special hardware may outweigh these risks.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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