NASA has just awarded a budget of $278.5 million (€256 million) to Six companies from the private sector Including SpaceX and Amazon, to develop the next generation of space communications.
NASA wants to replace its old satellites
So the US space agency has selected six companies to develop new technologies that will ensure good communication in space, close to Earth. This new generation of space communications should make it possible to support future NASA missions. As specified in its press release, if the US space agency chooses to work with external partners on this topic, it is because this should allow it to reduce costs and It focuses its efforts on space exploration and scientific missions.
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A NASA spokesperson explained that “The adoption of this next generation of space communications technology will allow future missions to benefit from private sector investment, which goes well beyond what the government can do.”. The US space agency currently relies on its own system of satellites for communications in space near Earth. It turns out that many of these satellites It was launched in the 80’s and 90’s…the system is outdated and should be shut down in the coming years.
SpaceX gets the biggest budget
So NASA released a €278.5 million budget and SpaceX got the biggest slice of the pie. Elon Musk company offered profile “High Speed Commercial Low Orbit Optical Relay Network”. The company has allocated a budget of $70 million for the development of this project. SpaceX has good subject control thanks to Starlink and It already has many satellites in low Earth orbit. Right behind, Amazon is getting $67 million to develop Project Kuiper (a network of 3,236 satellites).
Then there are Viasat Incorporated ($53.3 million), Telesat US Services ($30.65 million), SES Government Solutions ($28.96 million), and Inmarsat Government ($28.6 million). Each of the six partners will have to Delivering the first space solution by 2025 and prove that their technology is capable of offering a new form of High-speed, high-capacity connection. NASA promises to develop many long-term contracts with companies that have been able to develop the best technologies.