The proportion of industrial and governmental satellites in the sky was the top of discussion when important bodies sat down in December with Air Force Space leaders in command.
Making commercial and governmental satellites accessible at all times, has become one of the widely discussed topics, and extremely challenging one to achieve.
As stated by experts, the challenges to achieve this omnipresence comprise of monetary and intangible properties. The government, in order to access a private satellite, will need a contracted permission and the purchasing of the services for a brief period of time, all of which needs to be well thought before execution.
Congress has even allotted a part of defense budget to program communications between the pilots and the satellites. However, there is no process or technology in place to execute it so far. It is being assumed that this responsibility is left in the hands of the Air Force.
Gen, John Raymond, one of the active members to draft the budget was present in December and February along with the other panel members where it was discussed that such a model be put in place by April. However, it did not work as planned, and it is under development today.
This model of military-industrial collaboration to fight threat is born out of a 2 years long study concluded in 2018. The study analyzed the means of achieving maximum efficiency in fighting threat. This is where it was concluded that a need for hybrid set-up is required to broaden the reach of Defense bodies.
Congress had allotted 600 million dollars to the Air Force to purchase two WGS satellites, however the budget fell gravely short. This led to the Air Force to buy one highly enhanced satellite from Boeing.
A stunning 1.4 billion dollar budget is requested by the Department of Defense for higher quality equipment against jamming of satellites.
Although advances have been made, the officials do not see the changes that have been talked about in the past few years. Satellite market is becoming more and more competitive in terms of prices and quality, which is why the government should lay emphasis on this trend as well.