Space Development Agency to procure dedicated ground systems for missile defense experiments | Space

WASHINGTON — The Space Development Agency (SDA) announced plans to procure two separate ground systems in support of its experimental missile defense satellites. These systems will be crucial for demonstrating advanced space-based sensors designed to track and destroy hypersonic missile threats.

The first program, dubbed Advanced Fire Control Ground Infrastructure (AFCGI), will establish a cloud-based ground system at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. This system will serve as the nerve center to run missile tracking experiments, the first of which is the Foo Fighter constellation — short for Fire-control On Orbit Support to the Warfighter. 

Millennium Space Systems recently secured a contract to build eight satellites and provide initial ground support by 2027.

“AFCGI represents a critical step towards demonstrating advanced fire control capabilities,” SDA Director Derek Tournear told reporters May 24. The agency is seeking a “common, enduring ground infrastructure” for fire control prototype programs.

The Foo Fighter satellites will be used as a testbed for advanced sensor technology capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic missiles. The data collected by these satellites will support the development of a much larger constellation of tracking satellites in low Earth orbit that will be part of the Defense Department’s Proliferated…


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