The Missile Defense Agency is continuing work on the space-based Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor layer intended to detect and track next-generation missile systems, C4ISRnet reported Thursday. The sensor layer will be integrated into the Space Development Agency’s low-Earth orbit satellite constellation and work to locate hypersonic weapons, which are harder to detect compared to ballistic missiles.
Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the MDA, said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event that managing the transmission of data between various spacecraft will serve as a challenge for establishing the sensor layer.
“It’s going to be a great capability,” he said. “We just need to get it up there as soon as we can and rapidly proliferate.”
MDA intends to focus on determining ways of properly distributing data throughout the HBTSS as work continues on the sensor layer, according to Hill.