#CASC: Resilient Commercial Space Communication

SPRING 2019

Problem Statement

As of 2016, satellite communication accounted for 49% of the operational satellite market with 35% of coming from the commercial sector. Additionally, communications satellites accounted for 22% of the overall satellite revenue for the year 20161. From a military perspective, space communication ensures effective transmission of information to and from the warfighter.

The Air Force is looking for a suite of options to augment, supplement, backup, complement, and or improve current space communication capabilities. Solutions may be ground-based or space-borne and involve some combination of hardware devices, software, data products, algorithms, or services.

These solutions need to demonstrate commercial viability to ensure an efficient evolution through development to respond to rapidly evolving technologies.

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