The U.S. Space Force next month will solicit industry bids for deep-space radar sensors that can track satellite in high orbits above 22,000 miles.
The U.S. Air Force wants to use small radar satellites to track moving objects on the ground and the Space Force will help to make it happen, chief of space operations Gen. John Raymond said May 12.
“We really need to be fully online as a lot of these large constellations hit their peak stride. We are right on schedule with that.”
Maxar Technologies won't have access to the Canadian military's three-satellite Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM), forcing the company to continue relying on the Radarsat-2 satellite launched in 2007 to support its radar business.
An unnamed backer of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast’s proposed radar and optical satellite constellation has asked for UrtheCast to develop a standalone radar satellite ahead of the rest of its constellation.
The U.S. Air Force has closed a radar tracking station on the Caribbean island of Antigua. The station, formally closed in July, tracked launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for the 45th Space Wing.
Successful launch provides on-orbit insurance for radar portion of four-satellite constellation.