Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed a key satellite payload trade study for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System.

The study’s results may be used to enhance the performance of follow-on satellites, improving their capacity to provide timely midcourse tracking data and report missile attacks.

The Missile Defense Agency plans to develop and maintain a small constellation of satellites to detect enemy missiles through all phases of flight.

Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) said it seeks to provide system architecture and sensor upgrades for the satellites.

Advanced demonstrator payloads developed by SAS consist of an acquisition and a tracking sensor and a processing subsystem for integration into STSS satellites.

By staff writer