Maxar Technologies company SSL has been selected to help define the next generation of secure satellite communication for the US Air Force (USAF).
Under the agreement, SSL is responsible for the development, testing and evaluation of prototypes of the antenna subsystem for the Space and Missile Systems Center of the USAF.
The current price will be executed under a contract with the Space Enterprise Consortium and will be managed by Advanced Technology International. It shows the ability of SSL to contribute to the US leadership in space with new concepts for next-generation US Department of Defense (DoD) space systems.
"Prototypes will be used to define and demonstrate key technologies for a resilient, cost-effective and high-quality protected tactical satellite communication capability."
President White of SSL Government Systems said: "The combination of the agile mindset of SSL and innovative new space technologies with the experience of our team in several generations of military satellite communication architectures uniquely positions us to develop the DoD's development and integration to speed up cost-effective and highly advanced solutions that will support the defense of our nation.
"There are more than 85 SSL-built communications satellites that are currently in the pipeline and we are proud to use that experience to further expand and support USAF capabilities."
The company will use its knowledge in satellite communications and next-generation developments both in space and on the ground to develop new prototypes for the antenna subsystem.
Prototypes will be used to define and demonstrate key technologies for a resilient, cost-effective and high-quality protected tactical satellite communication capability.
The current study is based on previous SSL surveys conducted to develop and demonstrate the next generation of military satellite communications architectures for the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center.