Why satellite communications are not just for satellites
The U.S. is considering a satellite communications program that could see the country’s entire electrical grid transformed to one with the power of a satellite.
According to Bloomberg, a White House official told reporters Monday that the president is leaning towards sending two satellites into space in 2020 and 2022.
The official said the decision is not final and will be taken by the president’s transition team, but that the goal is to send the first one into orbit in 2021 and the second in 2022.
Trump’s goal is a “world class communications network” and is “likely to result in improved network security and performance” according to a report in The Hill.
The White House officials declined to discuss the satellite program in depth but said that the President would “love to” use the technology to help solve a range of “unmet needs” including “cyber security, financial resilience, and the health of the grid.”
The administration will “seek out and partner with commercial companies that are developing new technologies to improve the performance and safety of the system,” according to the report.
While the satellites could be used to help improve grid reliability, they could also help solve some of the countrys biggest problems like cybersecurity, as the Federal Communications Commission has been trying to solve for the past decade.
According the FCC, cybersecurity is a major concern and it is currently working on a plan to modernize the nations grid by adding solar, wind, and storage technologies.
This isn’t the first time that the Trump administration has tried to use satellites to improve grid performance.
Back in March, the Trump Administration announced a plan called the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that would create thousands of jobs and would create jobs in areas like energy storage, data centers, and microgrid generation.
“The President has said many times that he wants to get our grid back to its glory days and he is looking forward to working with all of our governors and business leaders to make sure that this program is able to make the country a leader in this area,” the White House said in a statement.
“We’re making good progress and the President is confident that the new program will lead to more job growth, better economic growth, and more American energy security.”