SpaceX wins contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the U.S. military

Starlink satellites can now work not only to provide broadband Internet access. SpaceX won the competition for a contract to build and launch missile tracking satellites for the US Army.

Elon Musk’s space company is one of two contracted by the US Department of Defense’s Space Development Agency to build four satellites, each capable of tracking missile threats from low Earth orbit.

SpaceX will receive more than $ 149 million for development, the second defense contractor L3 Harris will receive more than $ 193 million.

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency, told SpaceNews that the military tracking system will be based on the interior of the Starlink satellite, but the sensor will be from a different supplier.