Front Page: L3Harris’ Missile-Tracking Satellites Pass Early Design Review

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by Sandra Erwin — September 20, 2021

The Space Development Agency plans to launch its first batch of missile-tracking satellites in 2023

WASHINGTON — L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the Space Development Agency has approved the company’s proposed design for a missile tracking satellite.

The Space Development Agency of the Defense Department in October selected L3Harris Technologies and SpaceX to produce four missile-tracking satellites. These will be part of an expanded constellation of space infrared sensors which will track and detect hypersonic and ballistic rockets from low Earth orbit.

L3Harris received a $193.5 million contract and SpaceX a $149 million contract. These contracts are for work to be performed through 2025. SDA said it plans to launch the first batch of missile-tracking satellites in 2023.

The satellite offered by L3Harris cleared what is known as a “preliminary design review,” a Defense Department procurement milestone that allows a system to move forward to the next phase of development.

“We’ve worked closely with SDA to ensure our design taps proven technology that can scale to address the changing mission,” said Ed Zoiss, president of L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems.

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