The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a long-standing application from Ligado Networks to operate in the L-band spectrum, overriding concerns from the Department of Defense and other government agencies which were concerned the company’s plan will cause damage to the Global Positioning System, sources said April 17.
Should the FCC approve Ligado's application, it could "harm military capabilities, particularly for the U.S. Space Force, and have major impact on the national economy," congressional leaders wrote Wednesday.
The U.S. Space Force has awarded L3Harris Technologies a contract worth as much as $1.2 billion for the upkeep and modernization of the military’s ground-based sensors that track objects and activities in space.
The Space Force awarded L3 Technologies and Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems contracts worth as much as $1 billion for the development and production of new modems that would help with protected satellite communications.
An Atlas 5 rocket successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida March 26 carrying a satellite that is expected to provide secure, jam-resistant communications for the military for the next 15 years.