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U.S. Space Force awards $298 million military contract to Boeing
Paris, 4 October 2020. – Boeing received a $298 million contract from U.S. Space Force to develop a jam-resistant military satellite system, the company in El Segundo, California, announced on 1 October.
Boeing has received one of three development contracts to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new secure, resilient satellite communications architecture for the U.S. Space Force’s Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) program, the company said. ESS will be a military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) system. It is a critical component of the U.S. Space Force’s strategy.
Contracts for the full ESS system are expected to be awarded in 2025, Boeing said.
“Boeing’s support of the U.S. government’s SATCOM mission spans six decades and has since included programs that span air, land and space domains”, the aerospace company said. “The company’s secure MILSATCOM programs include extremely high-frequency payloads, the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation, the Protected Tactical Enterprise Service and Protected Tactical SATCOM program, which deliver survivable, secure and resilient communications to the U.S. military and its allies.”
SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “‘Yuri Gagarin’s boomerang: the tale of the first person to return from space, and his brief encounter with Aussie culture”, originally published 11 April 2021 at The Conversation by Alice Gorman. Sixty years ago, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel in space when he completed his historic orbit of Earth on April 12, 1961.