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US Army expects to soon trial Kestrel Eye electro-optical micro satellites

18 July 2017

US Army officials expect to soon demonstrate the Kestrel Eye, an electro-optical micro satellite meant to improve situational awareness for brigade combat teams.

“The Kestrel Eye is due to launch from Cape Canaveral very soon as part of the International Space Station cargo resupply mission,” according to Lieutenant General James Dickinson, head of US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT).

An artist's concept shows Kestrel Eye Block I, intended to increase the responsiveness of space assets to ground warfighter needs. (Maryland Aeronautics)An artist's concept shows Kestrel Eye Block I, intended to increase the responsiveness of space assets to ground warfighter needs. (Maryland Aeronautics)

The space station’s crew will deploy the satellite into orbit, where it will “automatically power up and receive signals”, Lt Gen Dickinson said during 18 July remarks at the Association of the US Army. According to NASA, the next International Space Station resupply mission, which will be done by SpaceX, is targeted for August.



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