SpaceX signed a $1.9 million contract with the U.S. Air Force, under which SpaceX will test the Starlink satellite Internet system to support American military bases in Europe and Africa, reporting to The Register with reference to the relevant document.
The contract states that SpaceX was selected as a satellite operator for the U.S. Air Force because its own Starlink is the only private satellite service with sufficient coverage. It is also noted that OneWeb, Amazon Kuiper and Telesat, which also use their low-Earth orbit satellites, do not yet have the necessary infrastructure in Europe and Africa, for example, the OneWeb satellite constellation by November of this year, with the exception of Africa, is noted in the document.
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SpaceX will provide satellite services for American military bases in Europe and Africa from August 2022 to July 2023. The company will offer two types of satellite services: fixed coverage of Starlink within a 22 km radius of the receiver at certain locations, as well as mobile satellite coverage by means of portable points providing broadband access from various locations.
The contract is part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Global Lightning Program, whose mission is to test and evaluate commercial satellites by connecting their broadband Internet to military platforms.