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jeudi 22 septembre 2011

SASSA, the Military's New Satellite Self-Defense System, is Ready to Go to Space

ASATs Away Aerial-launched anti-satellite weapons are an increasing concern for military planners, as depicted in this righteous artist's rendering.via Wikimedia

A new satellite defense technology is about to get its first real-world test in orbit, and while we naturally don’t get to know much about it just yet, the Air Force has confirmed that a classified satellite launching sometime in the near future will carry the awkwardly named Self-Awareness Space Situational Awarenessksystem, or SASSA. Like radar for satellites, the system will alert operators of potential space-borne threat to the satellite and perhaps even take kinetic action should a satellite become threatened.

That marks a pretty big milestone for space-based defensive capabilities. As of right now, U.S. military forces are extremely reliant upon orbiting hardware like GPS satellites, reconnaissance satellites, and the like. They guide our ships and our planes, augment our missile guidance, and otherwise tell our troops where they are on the map, not to mention providing critical communications. ...

By Clay Dillow

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