C2 of Next-Generation Satellites
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER PACIFIC SAN DIEGO CA
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Space systems have come to be used so extensively that it is almost impossible to imagine tomorrows military operating without the strategic, operational, and tactical advantages that they offer. In the words of then-Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, Space systems enable our modern way of war. They allow our warfighters to strike with precision, to navigate with accuracy, to communicate with certainty, and to see the battlefield with clarity. Assured command and control C2 of space systems is the assumption underlying the provision of these capabilities. While nanosatellites are a promising area of development, their assured C2 is strained at best due to communications shortfalls. A reliable, secure, low-power, cross-link would allow many space missions to be conducted by nanosatellites, while reducing program costs. We will show how this can be achieved by leveraging the MUOS constellation to create a cross-link for nanosatellites, which will allow them to provide a resilient capability with an affordable price tag.
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Radio Communications
- Command, Control and Communications Systems