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US starts developing cheap reconnaissance satellites

The US Air Force command in mid-February of this year submitted to the US Congress an application for the provision of funding in the amount of seven billion dollars, part of which is planned to be spent on developing and deploying a large network of small, relatively cheap reconnaissance satellites. According to Space News, such devices, in particular, could take over the functions of modern E-8 JSTARS command and control aircraft, of which 20 have already been adopted by the US Air Force.

US starts developing cheap reconnaissance satellites

According to research conducted Aviation US Air Force Command, in possible future conflicts JSTARS aircraft will be practically useless. For advanced weapons, such aircraft will be extremely vulnerable, so that the enemy can quickly bring them down.

As part of the new request, the US Air Force announced that they intend to abandon the further purchase of the infrared satellites SBIRS, from which the system of early detection of ballistic missile launches is being formed. The military announced that the SBIRS satellites are large and may be vulnerable to electronic warfare or anti-satellite systems. weapons. At the same time, small satellites equipped with “proven sensors” will receive increased fuel reserves in order to be able to change the orbit.

It is assumed that the new satellites will be integrated into the Pentagon’s large-scale information system, which will combine data from aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, surface and submarine ships, as well as ground equipment. Other details about the satellite constellation are not specified, writes "N + 1"
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  1. Dormidont
    Dormidont 21 February 2018 15: 57
    New targets for the videoconferencing
    1. Evgeny Goncharov (smoogg)
      Evgeny Goncharov (smoogg) 21 February 2018 16: 06
      new target for you

  2. Alex-a832
    Alex-a832 21 February 2018 16: 06
    Yeah, little puzzles add up. That is in the United States recently intensified work on the production of space launch vehicles of the middle and light class. Both under the new program of "Star Wars" and under the withdrawal from the agreement on the INF Treaty. We, too, were not disturbed by cheap means of delivering bolts and nuts to the orbit of amersky reconnaissance satellites.
  3. Magic archer
    Magic archer 21 February 2018 16: 11
    Elon Musk has already launched a global wi-fi program. And she will work for the CIA anyway. So, fraternize us
  4. AntiFREEZ
    AntiFREEZ 21 February 2018 16: 16
    a large network of small relatively cheap reconnaissance satellites.

    Everything is logical. Cheap rockets

    For the mass of small satellites.
  5. JonnyT
    JonnyT 21 February 2018 16: 38
    7 billion - it’s not very cheap.
    The problem of cheapness and small size in vulnerability to various types of radiation. Miniature semiconductor products can "accidentally go crazy" or even burn directly in orbit. The question of protecting their network from unauthorized access also remains open.
    But one thing is certain - the very fact of having such a reconnaissance. Information network is a very unpleasant event. Engineers, scientists and designers will have to rack their brains to work out cheap and small-sized countermeasures.
    Trump carbon copy of Reagan works, but last time this approach ended very badly for us
  6. rruvim
    rruvim 21 February 2018 17: 30
    A very good idea. For example, a reconnaissance satellite based on the Cosmos-2519 maneuvering platform with a radar with a synthetic aperture in terms of area and detection and control efficiency would replace the new A-100 DRLO, without the presence of people, a huge supply of onboard fuel and ground infrastructure with airfields. Moreover, even on the old "Protons" they can be launched in three pieces for 7-10 years. Explicitly cheaper than our Avax A-100.
    APASUS 21 February 2018 19: 26
    Looking at the latest weapons of the American military-industrial complex. Such an example of a cheap American satellite looks like an oxymoron. Are the bees against honey? All that the Americans get cannot cost less than a billion greens !?
  8. Operator
    Operator 21 February 2018 21: 36
    There is no reception against scrap (high-altitude nuclear explosion): satellites (in the sense of their electronic filling) will burn everything - both large and small.

    The United States is simply launching a program to replace large and expensive satellites (as they develop their resources) with small and cheap ones. Satellites are intended exclusively for local wars with the Papuans and for a one-time warning of a missile attack at the beginning of the Third World War.
  9. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 22 February 2018 11: 45
    Given that the Russian Aerospace Forces are capable of recognizing and calculating the orbit of objects smaller than a tennis ball, miniaturization of spy satellites is another “innovative” option for “throwing the enemy caps. From the same series: a global strike with cruise missiles, swarming unmanned tactics and setting neuro-processed "non-brothers" against Russia.