The Pentagon has requested USD16.5 million for a Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) experiment that will use “a network of high sample rate, infrared sensors to deliver a kill assessment capability” for homeland missile defence, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director of Operations Gary Pennett told reporters at the Pentagon on 12 February.
MDA plans to experiment with SKA as a hosted satellite payload, Pennett said. Assets for SKA experimentation are supposed to be in orbit by FY 2018, he said, but noted that “there’s been some delay in regards to getting those satellites up and operational”.
That effort is part of a USD54 million request for space-based missile defence.
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