SpaceX is branching out. The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) introduced on Monday that Elon Musk’s firm shall be constructing missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon.
SpaceX received a $149 million contract to construct these satellites, making this the first time the firm is working with the authorities to construct satellites.
SpaceX has been sending satellites up into orbit all through its ongoing Starlink mission, which helps enhance web connection in hard-to-reach areas round the world.
SpaceX’s new contract
As the firm already owns a satellite-building plant thanks to its Starlink mission, SpaceX plans to use its Redmond meeting plant in Washington for its upcoming venture.
The opposite agency that shall be constructing one other 4 satellites for this venture is L3 Harris Applied sciences Inc., which obtained $193 million for the venture.
All satellites ought to be prepared by the autumn of 2022, when they are going to be launched into orbit.
These contracts are a part of the SDA’s first era of the Monitoring Layer, which is the procurement of satellites which can be meant to detect and monitor missiles reminiscent of intercontinental ballistic missiles, which might be launched from very far-off and journey extraordinarily lengthy distances. They’re usually very tough to monitor and hint.
SpaceX has a busy upcoming schedule, which appears to solely be getting busier. Maintain an eye fixed out for its Halloween launch of NASA and JAXA astronauts to the ISS. It was additionally just lately busy testing elements of its Starship missions, similar to when it blew up its test tank final month.
As you’ll be able to see from its most up-to-date Twitter submit, it retains forging forwards with its assessments:
A Falcon Heavy facet booster that may help the USSF-44 mission for the @SpaceForceDoD subsequent yr accomplished a full-duration static fireplace check final week at SpaceX’s rocket growth facility in McGregor, Texas pic.twitter.com/jZACfDtMxG
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 5, 2020