Military Review

US will delay the launch of satellites of the space missile attack warning system

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The "constellation" of new-generation satellites was to complement and replace the existing US Department of Defense's missile warning satellite system. Like SBIRS, the next generation OPIR, launched in 2018, relies on a combination of infrared sensors in geostationary orbit and highly elliptical polar orbits to detect missiles around the world.


The US space forces planned to spend $ 14,4 billion on the implementation of the satellite program until 2025. However, the Accounts Chamber states that the program will be delayed, and for quite a long time.

Despite the first steps already taken to accelerate development, the next-generation OPIR program faces significant technical and management challenges, the report says. Among them, the specialists of the Accounts Chamber list the difficulties in developing a new payload. Often, program delays of this level lead to increased costs, according to a report by the US Audit Office.

However, military officials continue to inform Congress that the program is progressing on schedule and without expected cost overruns. Interestingly, the Accounts Chamber released a secret report back in March 2021, and on September 22, 2021, an already open report was published, from which confidential information was removed.

By the way, the US armed forces have repeatedly delayed programs and, as a result, spent more funds than originally planned for their implementation. For example, OPIR's predecessor SBIRS was delayed by nine years and ultimately cost the US treasury three times what was originally anticipated, the Audit Chamber said in a report.

The elimination of constant delays and cost overruns became at one time one of the reasons for the separation of the US Space Force into a separate structure. But recently, congressmen have begun to express dissatisfaction with the inability of the new service to make significant progress in the implementation of the tasks set. For example, the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee, Betty McCollum, criticized the US Space Force for inefficiency.

Too often over the past two decades, space exploration programs have been delayed, exceeding the budget by billions of dollars,

McCollum emphasized.

The Audit Office's report acknowledges that the US Air Force and Space Force have made a number of efforts to mitigate the risk, including funding two competing subcontracts developing the mission's payload. But these efforts, according to the compilers of the report, are unlikely to bring the soonest implementation of the program closer.



In addition, the report also highlights bureaucratic problems that can lead to delays. For example, the Center for Space and Rocket Systems is understaffed with specialists of the required profile.

As a result, the US Accounts Chamber made two recommendations to the Space Forces: to present to Congress more realistic assessments of the prospects for the implementation of the satellite program and to submit an official plan for interagency coordination on OPIR.
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  1. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 23 September 2021 14: 54
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    exceeded the budget by billions of dollars,
    American Rogozin in action! laughing
    1. Mitroha
      Mitroha 23 September 2021 15: 06
      +3
      You see, Rogozin did not participate there either. And so it happened laughing
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 23 September 2021 15: 10
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        Quote: Mitroha
        Rogozin did not participate there

        Yes, and there was Mr. Rogozin, US citizen, NASA employee! wink
        1. Mitroha
          Mitroha 23 September 2021 15: 12
          +1
          A brother lost as a child? Posh script for Bollywood laughing
          They still have the same moles
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee 23 September 2021 15: 15
            +1
            Quote: Mitroha
            A brother lost as a child?

            Twin.... wassat
            1. venik
              venik 23 September 2021 22: 30
              +1
              Quote: Uncle Lee
              Quote: Mitroha
              A brother lost as a child?

              Twin.... wassat

              ========
              identical .......
  2. ccsr
    ccsr 23 September 2021 15: 04
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    However, the Accounts Chamber states that the program will be delayed, and for quite a long time.

    Despite the first steps already taken to accelerate development, the next-generation OPIR program faces significant technical and management challenges, the report says.

    And where is their Musk, who easily solves such problems?
    Something is not heard by our all-footed people who like to kick Rogozin on any occasion with a delay, although in this case the deadlines for the program responsible for the security of the United States are being disrupted.
    Hey, our sofa experts - how do you like another failure of the US space program, and who do you propose to film in their Space Forces.
    1. Sidor Amenpodestovich
      Sidor Amenpodestovich 23 September 2021 15: 27
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      Quote: ccsr
      Hey, our sofa experts - how do you like another failure of the US space program, and who do you propose to film in their Space Forces.

      Their answer to such questions, apart from the minuses, of course, is the following answer: "I'm not interested in how (insert the right one), I need absolutely everything in Russia to be chiki-bunches by a thousand percent."
    2. Pontiffsulyvahn
      Pontiffsulyvahn 23 September 2021 15: 32
      -4
      And where is their Musk, who easily solves such problems?


      If Musk was there, then the easy problems would be solved. But he is not allowed there. Yes, there is corruption in the United States as well.
      1. alch3mist
        alch3mist 23 September 2021 16: 12
        -1
        If Musk had been there, the easy problems would have been solved. But he is not allowed there.

        "The master will come,
        The master will judge us! "
        1. l7yzo
          l7yzo 25 September 2021 14: 54
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          On the same site, an article was posted - "US Military Innovations. Infrastructure and Projects" about research in the United States. Check it out - you will understand a lot there, for example, what is your comment)
      2. Cowbra
        Cowbra 23 September 2021 18: 39
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        Quote: PontiffSulyvahn
        If Musk was there, then the easy problems would be solved.

        No, Alena Skazka is a specialist in broads, not detections. Now, if you need to make a loud boom - this is for him - he rivets a couple more missiles with a sledgehammer in the desert under the open sky - and then everyone will be surprised - and why did it boom?
        Pisi:

        This is where colored tape is stuck on - this is heat protection for replacement, because in the open air, tiles were laid directly on the wind-blown sand of Ravshan with Dzhamshut. And white - where she had already fallen off ... Mask, yes. And Starship)))
  3. Ros 56
    Ros 56 23 September 2021 15: 53
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    Well, right, where to hurry. We still want to live.
  4. Pavel57
    Pavel57 23 September 2021 16: 08
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    And if the system is needed in 3 years, there will be no States (Trump promised).
  5. Split
    Split 23 September 2021 17: 50
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    Wrong allocation of the budget - money had to be spent on repairing the printing press! Then there would be enough for f35 and for a grouping of such satellites to the orbit of the moon good
  6. Cowbra
    Cowbra 23 September 2021 18: 37
    +1
    Something I heard that there is still not all chocolate with the theoretical even detection of hypersonic weapons ...
    https://afirsov.livejournal.com/686877.html