Elon Musk’s SpaceX had successfully fetched the Pentagon award; worth $149 million (approximately Rs. 1,090 crores).
The US Space Department Agency; popularly known as the SDA; revealed on Monday that this is the first government-related contract that SpaceX; won to initiate the manufacturing of missile-tracking satellites.
Famously known for its reusable missiles and astronaut modules; SpaceX is now rising the development and quality of satellites for Starlink.
Starlink is a growing constellation of several satellites related to the Internet. Furthermore; the Chief Executive Officer; Elon Musk hopes will generate more revenue in the near future and help facilitate the financing of the interplanetary ambitions of SpaceX.
Furthermore, according to the guidelines of the SDA deal; SpaceX will now be expected to make use of Starlink’s assembly facility. The facility is situated in Redmond, Washington.
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Moreover, an SDA official in a statement said that; it will facilitate manufacturing four satellites; equipped with a subcontractor-supplied wide-angle infrared missile tracking sensor.
L3 Harris Technologies; the tech giant; formerly known as Harris Corporation; also received $193 million (approximately Rs. 1,412 crores) to initiate the manufacturing of another four satellites.
According to the reports, the satellites are scheduled to be delivered expectedly by both the companies. The launch is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
The SDA often includes awards as a part of its first phase. With an aim of procuring satellites to detect and track missiles.
These missiles can to fly long distances and are often very difficult to track and intercept; the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) is an exemplary example of the same.
In 2019, SpaceX received $28 million (approximately Rs. 204 crores) from the Air Force; for testing the encrypted internet networks; with a range of military aircraft using the Starlink satellite network.
Although the Air Force did not order any Starlink satellites of its own, according to the reports.