Lockheed Martin announced a new line of "tactical ISR" satellites designed for space-based surveillance.
The goal would be to produce Toyota-like satellites, said Roper, "easy to build but reliable and hard working."
The U.S. military wants timely intelligence from space to be as fast and easy to obtain as hailing an Uber ride.
The U.S. military drone strikes that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani on Jan. 3 and Iran’s retaliatory ballistic missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq a few days later were a stark illustration of the critical role of satellites.
Don Claussen recently spoke with SpaceNews about the merger and the evolution of military satellite constellations.