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AUSA 2019: Army eyes low-earth orbit satellites to solve satcom latency, capacity challenges

17 October 2019
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US Army officials are looking towards technological advances in near-earth, low-orbit satellite constellations to address satellite communications (satcom) issues concerning capacity and latency and their possible effect on future, large-scale operations.

“I would say it’s probably both [challenges] in capacity and latency” that army planners are facing as they prepare to roll out the latest package of technology and hardware upgrades to the Integrated Tactical Network (ITN), known as Capability Set 21, said Major General Peter Gallagher, director of Army Futures Command’s Network Cross-Functional Team.

“Having been the J-6 at [US Central Command] previously, there is a heavy reliance on commercial satcom and a good mix of military and commercial satellite assets.

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