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Canada The US Air Force develops hypersonic weapon detector satellites

18:17  23 february  2021
18:17  23 february  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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L'US Air Force développe des satellites détecteurs d'armes hypersoniques © aapsky / Getty Images The US Air Force develops hypersonic weapon detector satellites The company L3Harris wants to provide the US military with capable satellites to spot hypersonic missile launches. A technology usually used in meteorology.

Use the technical prowess of weather satellites to detect hypersonic missiles. This is the bet of the US military and L3Harris Technologies. The idea had germinated in the heads of a handful of Pentagon officers in January 2017, after a satellite specializing in spotting forest fires mistakenly located the launch of a rocket from the company United Launch. Alliance, a rival of SpaceX.

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Since this accident, L3Harris has decided to improve its fire detection technology so that it can also spot the launch of Iranian, Russian or Chinese missiles. As reported by Defense News , the US Air Force has already spent 1.5 billion euros on the acquisition of two satellites specializing in the observation of enemy ballistic weapons. It would be ready to bet much bigger if more successful technology were to emerge. Washington has already offered L3Harris and SpaceX $ 340 million to send a total of 8 satellites to low Earth orbit. The latter will be tasked with observing hypersonic missiles. Unlike the two devices launched into space in 2014, they will be even more effective in detecting but especially in tracking down enemy weapons.

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The Pentagon has a crucial need for these eight devices as it fears the rise of the Chinese army. Indeed, a US Air Force report specifies that a single spacecraft will not be able to continuously track a hypersonic missile. However, it will have the possibility of communicating its last recorded position to the other satellites of the fleet in order to follow it permanently. Even if Washington succeeds in carrying this out, the United States will not be protected against hypersonic weapons.

The generals of the US Army admit that they are unable to intercept and destroy such devices, even if they know precisely where they are heading. “For the moment the purpose of these 8 satellites is to inform our leaders of a strike against our territory so that they can decide on the course to follow by launching for example a nuclear reprisal on the opposing country”, had concluded a report from the Space Development Agency.

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