5G communications technology is crucial to the U.S. Space Force and will be part of the new organization’s mission. The tech, which will deliver the internet at previously unseen speeds worldwide, will in many cases be delivered via a constellation of relay satellites in low-Earth orbit, many of which will be the property of U.S. companies. Like previous generations, so-called “fifth generation/5G” technology will likely reach into the lives of billions of people on Earth, making it imperative that the Space Force secures the data stream from foreign espionage.
In addition to keeping Chinese equipment out of the U.S’s 5G network, the constellations of satellites many companies are building to support worldwide networks will be of interest to the Space Force. SpaceX plans to deploy up to 12,000 Starlink relay satellites, with other companies such as Amazon following suit.
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