(U) The Wideband Gapfiller will be 3 commercial but DoD-owned, high capacity, military frequency modified, satellites to be launched beginning in FY04. The Wideband Gapfiller will provide a limited SHF/Ka capability during the transition between DSCS SLEP an objective wideband system. It will provide limited fixed to fixed and tactical communications as well as GBS type services to augment the GBS Phase II segments.
(U) The Gapfiller will be procured as a commercial satellite with a small amount of development money for military frequency modifications. It will be launched on a Medium Launch Vehicle (MLV), and will utilize both the SHF-band and the Ka-band to provide services.
(U) Without wideband communications, critical strategic and tactical users will be without the ability to receive or relay data vital to the execution of military operations. Many other fixed data dissemination users would be without service.
|Adv Wideband Satellite (AWS)||Advanced Wideband Satellite (AWS)|
|Challenge Athena||Challenge Athena|
|DSCS III||Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III|
|DSCS Service Life Enhance Prog||Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) Service Life Enhancement Program (SLEP)|
|SHF Satellite Systems||Super High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Systems|
|Major DoD Space Programs||Evolution of the Selected Space Programs|
|MILSATCOM||SPACE FORCE ENHANCEMENT: MILSATCOM|
|National Security Space Road Map||Integrated System Road Map|
(U) Maj Steven Cliatt, SMC, Open Phone: (310) 336-4475.
(U) 31 October 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 23 June 2001