L3Harris, SpaceX to build and deliver missile warning satellites by 2022
SpaceX and L3Harris are building eight satellites for the U.S. Space Development Agency to detect ballistic and hypersonic missiles.
Official SpaceX Photos [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Each company will build four satellites each and deliver them by September of 2022.
Operating from low Earth orbit, each satellite is installed with an overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) sensor with “wide field of view.”
Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear told SpaceNews that SpaceX’s solution will be based on its Starlink bus with an OPIR sensor acquired from another supplier.
L3Harris will be using its own in-house bus and sensor.
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