Space Force aims to launch 1st ‘Foo Fighter’ satellites in 2027 to track hypersonic threats

An illustration of satellites tracking various types of missiles, including a hypersonic glide vehicle. (Image credit: Space Development Agency) By Brett Tingley, Published by Space.com, 13 May 2024 The FOO Fighter satellites will add to the Space Force's growing fleet of missile-tracking spacecraft. The United States Space Force has ordered the

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US Defenseless Against Russian Hypersonic Missiles and Iranian Drones – Explosive DoD Testimony

A Ground-Based Interceptor is lowered into its missile silo in Alaska. Image: Lockheed Martin By Ilya Tsukanov, Published by Sputnikglobe, 9 May 2024 The crisis in Ukraine and escalating tensions in the Middle East have demonstrated that the US’ $886 billion defense budget has not translated into real-world capabilities on

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Astrobotic eyes military customers for reusable Xogdor suborbital rocket

Xogdor rocket illustration. Credit: Astrobotic By Sandra Erwin, Published by Space News, 17 April 2024 The national security applications for a reusable suborbital rocket ‘haven’t been fully explored’ WASHINGTON — Astrobotic, a company that develops vehicles for space exploration missions, is making a strategic move into the defense sector with its

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The Falcon 9 rocket that carried the Space Development Agency's new satellites, shortly before launch. (photo courtesy Space Development Agency).

Space Force cancels classified military communications satellite project

The Falcon 9 rocket that carried the Space Development Agency's new satellites, shortly before launch. (photo courtesy Space Development Agency). By Nicholas Slayton, Published by Task & Purpose, 18 February 2024 The move comes even as Space Force pushes to build out its orbital infrastructure. The United States Space Force

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New report urges US to look beyond cheap low-earth satellites for missile warning

From the CSIS paper "Getting on Track Space and Airborne Sensors for Hypersonic Missile Defense" CSIS By Patrick Tucker, Published by Defense One, 18 December 2023 Tracking hypersonic missiles across oceans is like trying to “find a cup of tea that you’ve dropped into a swimming pool.” Lots of cheap satellites

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Rocket Lab to launch hypersonic test vehicle for the Defense Innovation Unit

Hypersonix’s DART AE is powered by a hydrogen-fueled scramjet engine. Credit: Hypersonix Launch Systems By Sandra Erwin, Published by SpaceNews, 9 November 2023 The suborbital payload is a scramjet-powered vehicle made by the Australian firm Hypersonix WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab announced a new mission for its suborbital launch vehicle —

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