The defense department plans to build a Space Sensor Layer to track hypersonic weapons. It will likely be concentrated in low earth orbit and be able to track hundreds of incoming weapons simultaneously. Raytheon Technologies is among the companies vying for the contract to architect the system. This week I talked with one of the company’s experts and discovered that the core principles governing its approach are similar to those shaping the approach to other military missions. The system must provide comprehensive coverage. It must offer precise accuracy and minimal latency in getting target information to defenders. It must be resilient against enemy efforts to degrade it. And oh, by the way, it must be affordable. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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