America has made its skies more secure. Now missiles of America’s enemies will not be able to enter their airspace because America has left two secret satellites to watch missiles from space. It is being told that both these satellites will do the work of missile tracking. Even when China, Russia, or North Korea launch hypersonic missiles, these US satellites will immediately inform the Pentagon.
These satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida via Atlas-5 (Atlas-V) rocket. The US Space Force has named this mission USSF-12. The first and second stages of the rocket were separated after four and a half minutes of liftoff. After this, the Centaur engine burned twice more. Then both the satellites were deployed in geosynchronous orbit 35,900 km above the earth.
What kind of instruments in satellites is not disclosed.
One of the two satellites is named the Wide Field of View (WFOV). The US Space Force Space System Command (SSC) testing platform is a new generation of missile surveillance technology. The second satellite carries several Technology Demonstrator payloads from the US Department of Defense. It is named USSF-12 Ring. The information about the loads installed in both satellites has not been made public.
James Webb telescope lens maker also involved
Northrop Grumman Company manufactures the USSF-12 Ring. It has six state-of-the-art payloads with its propulsion system. If there is any danger to them, they will change their orbit on their own. The WFOV is fitted with a six-foot-tall imaging sensor, which L3Harris Technology makes. This company supplied the lenses and optical instruments to NASA’s Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes. That is, it has such technology that can see the world very clearly. I can take pictures. I can make a video.
Why did America do this?
Russia released an animated video a few days ago showing visuals of its hypersonic Kinzhal missile attacking America. It is believed that the speed of Kinzhal is five times more than the speed of sound. It can attack any corner of the world. The whole earth comes in its range. Current technology deployed in space can only track ballistic missiles. But hypersonic missiles could not.
America made a new system.
The US Department of Defense created the Overhead Persistent Infrared Program (OPIR) to track hypersonic missiles. It can track current and next-generation hypersonic missiles. That is, even Russia’s Kinzhal missile cannot escape from their sight.