Rhea Space Activity and Lunar Resources pitched to the Air Force a concept to deploy two spacecraft to manufacture a large mirror in space.
Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Leidos and L3Harris will develop competing prototypes.
DoD wants space sensors that can be counted on to work even in adverse conditions like solar activity, radiation belts and orbital debris.
One of the surprises of the 2019 Missile Defense Review is that it did not cheer the use of weapons in space.
Griffin: “We think the best approach is a network of satellites in low orbit. How many, what orbit, all that is to be determined.”
Trump: Space ultimately is “going to be a very big part of our defense and offense."
Defense officials have been sounding alarms about what they describe as a glaring national security vulnerability — a new class of ultrafast weapons being developed by China and Russia that would overpower U.S. missile defenses.
Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin said current defenses only work against ballistic missiles but not hypersonic gliders. “We can’t hit a target we cannot see coming."
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Outside the national security space community, few people grasp the breadth of activities and missions that might one day transition to a Space Force, if and when Congress votes to create one.
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The Pentagon's Joint Oversight Requirements Council will be briefed this fall on potential solutions to a major national security vulnerability: hypersonic weapons that fly into space at supersonic speeds and descend back down to Earth directly on top of targets.
Griffin: Hypersonic defense is not a mission that can be done realistically from the ground or the oceans.
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These are uncertain times for many of the agencies and offices in the military-space-industrial landscape.
The Pentagon hopes to have funding approved possibly next year to begin work on a network of missile-watching satellites.
Amid tensions in Asia-Pacific, State Dept. calls attention to big-ticket sales of U.S. missiles, aircraft to Japan, South Korea
From 2000 to 2017, the U.S. government contracted more than $26 billion in foreign military sales to the Republic of Korea, including advanced combat aircraft and missile defense systems.
The utility of space sensors has been studied for decades so the Pentagon has plenty of data to draw from.
The hand-wringing continues at the Pentagon over how to respond to Chinese and Russian missile advances.