Against the backdrop of rising ‘peer’ and regional state rivals, the role of space-based assets for effective missile defence will be critical.
Hyperspectral payloads will enhance ISR
QinetiQ signed a design phase contract last month with HyperSat to study the development of a mini-constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites equipped with a hyperspectral payload.
The agreement supports plans by HyperSat to launch a constellation of six LEO satellites into space over the course of 2023.
In a 21 April statement, QinetiQ described how such a constellation is designed to produce ‘greater information about the material properties on Earth than any current capability in orbit’.
QinetiQ will lead a consortium of SMEs in the US including Redwire, Millennium Engineering and Integration and Brandywine Photonics. Satellites will be …
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