Two prototype spacecraft to launch in 2023, says US missile defense boss
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) wants to launch prototype satellites to track, monitor and issue early warning from space. The satellites will be used to track hypersonic, cruise and ballistic missiles, MDA Director Vice Admiral John A. Hill told a panel of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee on Wednesday.
The company is currently developing the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) program, where two prototype satellites will be launched in 2023. HBTSS satellites will run 7 “Two main roles” On the upcoming tracking system, Hill told the panel.
“The first is to sort out the blurred goals that are not seen by the current architecture. So, from a ballistic point of view, we’re seeing changes there that make that fight even more challenging. “ Hill explained.
But when you arrive at an advanced hypersonic threat that has a global tactical capability, we need the ability to see it from space – so close to space for global coverage and tracking those sensors.
The agency is working closely with U.S. Space Command, led by Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. John E. Shaw tells the panel that it was “Interested in any power that would help us in any of these threats.”
“Since the MDA has followed this special program, HBTSS, the advantage is that we have a perspective from space that is invaluable and will allow us to get much later on these threats.” He said.
Two satellites in orbit “Testing” In the Indo-Pacific region, Hill said. “We will collect that data as a way to prove that idea. We’ve done a lot of work on the ground to show that we can get those hot targets out of a warm earth. Now it’s about taking space and pulling that data down. The officer added.
Although the official did not give details of what or who “Test” Exactly what the spacecraft will see, deploying them to monitor the Indo-Pacific region could potentially mean that they will be used to monitor China’s activity. In recent years, China has become a major player in the field of hypersonic missiles, successfully testing state-of-the-art technology.
Russia is another country actively developing hypersonic missiles and glider vehicles, some of which, such as the Kinzhal missile, have already been adopted by the country’s military.
Although the United States has had several setbacks in building its own hypersonic missiles, it has already conducted several successful tests. The latest test of a prototype version of the Lockheed Martin version of the Hypersonic Air-Breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) was performed last week, according to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“We are still analyzing flight test data, but we are confident that we will provide the US Air Force and Navy with excellent options for diversifying the technology available for their future missions.” Dr. Andrew Nodler, DARPA’s HAWC Program Manager for the Office of Strategic Technology.
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