NASA Awarded Nearly $280 Million
Worth of contracts to private firms to begin developing near-Earth space communication services
NASA Will Dole Out $278.5
To six American satellite communications under its Communications Services Project, it announced on Wednesday.
The Companies Are Expected
To use the money for developing and demonstrating near-Earth space communication services.
SATCOM companies will also contribute financially.
NASA Has Been Evaluating
The feasibility of employing commercial SATCOM networks for near-Earth operations for more than a year.
The Space Agency
Is working toward decommissioning its current near-Earth satellite fleet.