Derek Tournear: SDA to Use LEO Satellites for GPS-Denied Environments

Derek Tournear
Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director at the Department of Defense's Space Development Agency, said he is interested to address GPS-denied environments via the use of low-Earth orbit satellites, C4ISRnet reported Friday.

He said at the Association of the U.S. Army's conference in October that his agency plans to launch hundreds of LEO satellites that would provide positioning and timing data for navigation.

"If you have open communication down to any system and you can see multiple satellites, that gives you another means to use your existing comms system to get navigation independent of any other user equipment," the SDA director noted.

The Pentagon established SDA to pursue the rapid development of LEO satellite technologies that would support a range of military operations.

Tournear served as SDA's acting director from July up to his appointment as the agency's full-time leader in October.

You may also be interested in...

Katie Olson

Katie Olson to Temporarily Succeed Brett Goldstein as Defense Digital Service Director

Katie Olson, deputy director of the Defense Digital Service (DDS), will serve as the agency's acting leader as Brett Goldstein steps down. Goldstein led DDS as director for a couple of years. Olson, Goldstein's temporary successor, joined DDS in 2019 as chief of staff then became the agency's deputy director in 2020.