Missile Defense Agency confirms deployment of cubesats launched by Virgin Orbit (Image Credit: SNN)
“Transmitting data between interceptors, sensors and communication systems is critical to a missile defense architecture that must quickly identify, track and destroy incoming enemy missiles before they reach their targets,” MDA said in a news release.
MDA is developing a hypersonic and ballistic sensor payload to detect and track missile threats.
“The missile defense architecture will require communications between interceptors, sensors and command and control systems to quickly identify, track and destroy incoming enemy missiles before they reach their targets. The cubesats will allow the agency to demonstrate the capabilities quickly and affordably,” said Walt Chai, MDA director for space sensors.
MDA’s cubesats were two of seven government and commercial payloads launched June 30 in Virgin Orbit’s second operational mission.
Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne is air-launched from a Boeing 747 aircraft.