Space Force requests budget increase for missile tracking satellites

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The U.S. Space Force is seeking increased funding in the coming years for the production of hypersonic missile tracking satellites.  


The branch asked for $2.3 billion in its fiscal 2024 budget request in mid-March and is seeking approximately $16 billion over the next five years for this technology.   


Under the Resilient Missile Warning Missile Tracking program, the Space Force is seeking to develop and field small satellites orbiting at altitudes of less than 22,000 miles. These smaller satellites operating at lower altitudes are better positioned to identify and track hypersonic weapons traveling and maneuvering at speeds of Mach 5 or greater.  


Northrop Grumman, SpaceX, L3Harris and Raytheon are all under contract to build the satellites.  


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