U.S. Space Force to launch ‘space domain awareness’ satellite on Pegasus rocket – SpaceNews

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Area Power mission scheduled to launch June 13 on a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket is a monitoring satellite tv for pc meant to offer “area area consciousness,” chief of area operations . John Raymond stated June 10.

The mission named TacRL-2 is a know-how demonstration satellite tv for pc for the Area Power’s tactically responsive launch program, an effort to determine methods to shrink the timelines for planning area missions. Raymond stated the satellite tv for pc was developed in lower than a yr and the launch supplier was given 21 days discover to prepare for the flight. 

“A yr in the past I challenged our acquisition group to develop a functionality in timelines, combine it onto a launch car and launch it, and let’s see how briskly we will do it,” Raymond stated on a occasion hosted by the Council on International Relations.

He stated the satellite tv for pc was constructed by a secretive group known as “Area Safari” modeled after the Power’s Massive Safari program began in the course of the Chilly Struggle for special-mission plane. 

“In lower than a yr they took satellite tv for pc parts off the shelf, married them up with a satellite tv for pc bus that was off the shelf, and put them collectively in an area area consciousness satellite tv for pc,” stated Raymond. The launch was awarded to Northrop Grumman underneath the Orbital Companies Program-4.

TacRL-2 can be air-launched on a solid-fueled Pegasus XL rocket launched from a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar service plane. The mission will fly from Vandenberg Area Power Base, California. In response to SpaceFlightNow.com the $28 million contract to Northrop Grumman was awarded final July however first disclosed in March.

Satellite tv for pc tracker Marco Langbroek said on Twitter that the of the hazard areas offered in navigational warnings recommend the satellite tv for pc is being deployed to a polar and certain sun-synchronous orbit.

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