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 US Space Force’s Evolved Strategic Satcom (ESS) programme.
ESS will be a military satellite communications (Milsatcom) system. It is a critical component of the US Space Force’s strategy.
The initial ESS development contract is valued at $298m. Contracts for the full ESS system are expected to be awarded in 2025.
Commenting on the development, Troy Dawson, VP of Boeing Government Satellite Systems said: “We have worked closely with the Space Force to define a program responsive to our nation’s needs. By leveraging our expertise in digital engineering and technologies with synergies across both our government and commercial systems, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver solutions needed to address the ever-evolving threats.”
Boeing’s Milsatcom programmes include extremely high-frequency payloads, the Wideband Global Satcom constellation, the Protected Tactical Enterprise Service and Protected Tactical Satcom programme, which deliver resilient communications to the US military and its allies.