The Space Systems Command, the Space Development Agency and the Missile Defense Agency have formed a new program office to coordinate disparate procurements of satellites to detect ballistic and hypersonic missiles.
DoD is spending billions of dollars on missile-warning space sensors located in geostationary and polar orbits, but there are no plans to connect them with new constellations that DoD plans to field in low and medium Earth orbits
The war in Ukraine is demonstrating the rapid pace of change in modern warfare and underscoring the need for the enhanced missile defense capabilities, said Derek Tournear, director of the Pentagon's Space Development Agency.
A $550 million congressional add-on in 2022 would only be a down payment to kickstart the deployment of a 28-satellite constellation of infrared space sensors in low Earth orbit
The two Space Tracking and Surveillance System satellites were taken out of service on March 8. They were launched in 2009 on a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket.
Defense appropriators in the 2022 spending bill added nearly $1.3 billion for U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency programs above what the Biden administration requested.
Missile-tracking satellites developed by L3Harris for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Space Development Agency passed critical design reviews.
Russia’s anti-satellite missile test has raised calls for the United States and its allies to push for international norms to ban such tests. But reaching an agreement on space arms control could take years or even decades.
The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency is planning a new procurement of satellites that will be part of a global constellation of missile-tracking space sensors.
Valley Tech Systems, a firm recently acquired by Voyager Space, won a $94 million contract from Lockheed Martin to provide a solid propulsion subsystem for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Next Generation Interceptor.