Emergency SatCom Station (Vehicle Image)

Up until 2009 our Military satellites in space were safe from enemy harm. That changed when a foreign nation sent a test missile into low-orbit and destroyed its own aging weather satellite. Space was suddenly not so far away. While our initial response was to increase redundancy in our systems, there needs to be a more flexible and immediately deployable solution. Enter the Emergency SatCom Station (ESS).Capable of launching quickly, the ESS temporarily takes over battlefield communications and restores vital intelligence to military operations. With the ability to be refueled while in flight, the ESS can stay aloft for extended periods of time in order to keep the battlefield connected. Battlefield modernization is being developed in many ways, with the simple fact that more and more of our defensive systems relie on communications, the ESS is a must have moving forward.