Space Development Agency satellites poised to track first missile test

[ad_1] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —The U.S. Space Development Agency expects its constellation of missile detection satellites to track its first missile launch in the coming weeks. The eight spacecraft, built by SpaceX and L3Harris Technologies and launched in three batches over the last year, make up the agency’s so-called Tranche 0 Tracking Layer. The systems … Read more

SPY-7 radar tracks live space objects ahead of delivery to Japan

[ad_1] The U.S. and Japan, along with the American firm Lockheed Martin, have conducted the first live tracking demonstration of the AN/SPY-7(V)1 solid-state radar integrated with the Aegis Weapon System, the company and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced. The March 28 test was the first time this pairing — central to Japan’s Aegis System … Read more

US must be transparent about realistic prospects for cooperation in space

[ad_1] Working closely with allies and partners offers the Department of Defense an opportunity to build resilience and strengthen deterrence in an increasingly contested space domain. Senior leaders from several countries spoke to this issue at this week’s Space Symposium, a major annual convention for space leaders. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the commander of U.S. Space … Read more

Hundreds of satellites to give military faster tactical comms and data

[ad_1] NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A space-focused program spreading hundreds of small satellites in low orbit aims to bring clearer communications and faster data transfer in the field to military units, a key to Marine Corps war-fighting needs. The Space Development Agency, a Pentagon space acquisition organization, already has launched 27 low Earth orbit satellites … Read more

South Korea launches second military spy satellite

[ad_1] SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has successfully launched its second military spy satellite into orbit, days after North Korea reaffirmed its plan to launch multiple reconnaissance satellites this year. The Koreas each launched their first spy satellites last year — North Korea in November and South Korea in December — amid heightened animosities. … Read more