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“Corporate advocacy and stewardship for Air Force space missions and capabilities.” That, in a nutshell, is the job description for Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, who last Thursday became Air Force Space Command vice commander.
Peterman: While WGS is an important capability for the military, it is technology that has been surpassed by the private sector.
Instead of designing satellites years before they launch to perform specific tasks, what if small multipurpose satellites were designed for a variety of jobs? And what if those satellites could be launched separately before linking in orbit to perform one mission, then reconfigured to tackle a different job? That’s the concept behind the Aerospace Corporation’s adaptable multipurpose satellite concept, called Hive.
The Army would use small satellites to support tactical imagery needs in the field.
Lockheed Martin has decided to publicly release the technical specifications of its satellite platforms.
Compared to the MEV-1, the MEV-2 will have new bells and whistles. It will be equipped to carry hosted payloads from commercial companies and small satellites that could be deployed for science missions.
Savvy space warriors like Russia’s military already are giving us a taste of the future. They are jamming GPS navigation signals, disrupting satellite communications links and sensors in space. Not quite star wars.