The contract would keep the Defense Support Program early-warning satellites in service until 2030.
A June 5 solicitation for a “tracking phenomenology experiment” is a step in the development of a sensor network in space to track hypersonic missiles.
The Wide Field of View satellite is scheduled to launch in August 2021.
The Wide Field Of View satellite will be used in support of the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared constellation.
SBIRS-4 has been declared fully operational. Next-gen OPIR has passed several design reviews.
U.S. combatant commanders urgently need to solve pressing problems in Earth observation, missile warning and position, navigation and timing, said Chuck Finley, former technical director of the Operational Responsive Space and its successor the Air Force Space Rapid Capabilities.