BLUFThe US Space Force's plan for satellite launches reflects a shift towards smaller, more versatile satellites. In addition, the service is considering new launch technologies and providers to meet its growing demand for access to space and improve resilience against potential threats.
Courtney Albon writing for Defense News, makes the following points:
- Up to 70 launches are envisaged.
- Currently, only SpaceX and ULA qualify for the more complex missions.
- Involving more commercial companies in missions should improve warfighting capability.
- Buying in bulk should reduce launch costs and lock in the supply chain required.
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References from the Web:
- JAN 2023 Space Force not buying large satellites for the foreseeable future-Space News
- FEB 2023 Why the Space Force is testing out tech for small, high-flying satellites-Popular Science