The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is conducting a market survey of vendors for future satellite communications capabilities to better understand the potential impacts on operations of department components.

The Request for Information (RFI) is seeking feedback on future low-earth and medium-earth orbit satellites and near-space stratospheric communication vehicles that can transfer large amounts of data and video.

“The communications data that is transferred by the communication satellites may include aircraft, ship or ground-based platforms used by DHS components in their mission,” the Feb. 9 RFI says. “This market survey will help inform DHS of the future potential capabilities to reduce operational risk and enhance DHS capabilities.”

The RFI says that the satellite communications vehicles of interest to DHS are expected to increase “substantially in the next decade,” making it important for the department to assess the coming capabilities of new technologies.