SpaceX wins $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for Pentagon

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

06th Oct, 2020. 02:15 pm

The Aerospace company SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk has won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon.

The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) said that under its contract with SpaceX, the Aerospace company its Starlink assembly plant in Redmond, Washington, to build four satellites fitted with a wide-angle infrared missile-tracking sensor supplied by a subcontractor.

Earlier, SpaceX announced that it will be sending 60 more Starlink satellites to orbit atop its column of fire.

The launch, originally scheduled for September, has been postponed multiple times due to weather.

Elon Musk has expressed resentment after a separate SpaceX mission to launch a GPS satellite for the US Space Force was also delayed.

“We will need to make a lot of improvements to have a chance of completing 48 launches next year!” Musk tweeted.

In January this year, SpaceX tested its emergency abort system on an uncrewed spacecraft moments.

SpaceX experiment went successful after its launch on Sunday.

It was the last major experiment before NASA plans to send its astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said, “As far as we can tell thus far it was a picture-perfect mission,”

The test was conducted at 10:30 am at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It occurred with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket topped by SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon Spacecraft.

An emergency escape sequence was set in notion one around one minute and 24 seconds after the introduction. It was launched at an altitude of 19 kilometers over the Atlantic. The rocket was traveling at a speed of over 1,500 kilometers per hour.

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