An experimental mission funded by the Space Systems Command points to the prospect for a more responsive military-space operation in the future. Dubbed Victus Nox (“conquer the night”), an industry team led by Boeing’s Millennium Space and Firefly Aerospace succeeded in preparing, launching and initializing a space-awareness satellite in record time. Processes that typically require weeks or months were compressed into a few days, demonstrating how satellites lost or degraded in future conflicts can be rapidly replaced. That’s a good thing, because America’s joint force is heavily dependent on overhead support for communications, reconnaissance, attack warning and weather reports. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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