Amazon has begun launching a 3,200-satellite system into low earth orbit that will provide high-speed, low-latency internet service around the globe. The system is called Kuiper, and even though it is a commercial venture, it offers big benefits for military users. In particular, the satellites are connected by laser crosslinks that enable them to work around disruptions in wartime such as electronic jamming. The links collectively form a mesh network in space that has high resiliency–a key goal of all nation-security space efforts. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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