The U.S. Department of Defense will deploy a mesh satellite network in low Earth or geostationary orbits. The Pentagon will announce a tender for the development of such a satellite network on May 1, 2020, writes C4ISRNET.
The technology of mesh topology allows you to build a satellite network in which a separate part of it can be connected to similar sites, taking on the role of a switch. This allows you to deprive the network of specific control nodes and increase its strength – failure of one satellite to transmit data will not disrupt the rest.
According to the documents, the winners of the Pentagon tender will become known in August 2020, and in 2022 the first section of 20 satellites will be launched into orbits. The second stage involves the launch of a new batch of satellites in 2024, and the third in 2026. The exact number of satellites that will appear in orbits in 2024 and 2026 is still unknown. However, representatives of the US army claimed that the network will consist of hundreds of satellites.
Using this system, the US military will be able to transmit data from ground targets to various reconnaissance spacecraft. Data transmission will occur through optical terminals.
After the launch, the military will conduct several stages of testing the network, including the ability to transmit data in real-time, relay this data and use satellites in various military operations and cyber attacks.