UK Government begins plans to build its first state-owned military satellite network

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Read: 510     18:00     12 September 2019    

A cluster of military satellites, capable of seeing the Earth's surface in any weather conditions and at night, are being planned by the UK government.


The spacecraft will also be able to take images through heavy cloud, using radar to pierce through fog and difficult weather.  

Only spacecraft equipped with advanced sensors are sensitive enough to the Earth's surface during nighttime hours.  

British forces are widening their capabilities to include space technology. They currently rely on information from allies. 

Radar satellites are typically large, but the designs, which have already been placed with Airbus, will see small and cost-effective spacecraft developed. 

Backed by a £50m commitment by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), it is aimed to boost the military's future with space.

'This addition to our capability is a valuable part of the future of defence space. Partnership between Dstl and Airbus on this project secures UK jobs as well as continuing to exploit advances in the UK space sector.'  said chief executive of Dstl Gary Aitkenhead. 

Armed forces have previously used data from Britain's first radar satellite, the NovaSar which was launched last year.  

It can take pictures of a wide range of terrain on the Earth's surface in all weather conditions including heavy cloud or at night. 

The new satellites would likely use antennas from the Oxford Space Systems (OSS), according to the BBC. 

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UK Government begins plans to build its first state-owned military satellite network

2019/09/18387996-0-image-a-18_1568282512099-1568294926.jpg
Read: 511     18:00     12 September 2019    

A cluster of military satellites, capable of seeing the Earth's surface in any weather conditions and at night, are being planned by the UK government.


The spacecraft will also be able to take images through heavy cloud, using radar to pierce through fog and difficult weather.  

Only spacecraft equipped with advanced sensors are sensitive enough to the Earth's surface during nighttime hours.  

British forces are widening their capabilities to include space technology. They currently rely on information from allies. 

Radar satellites are typically large, but the designs, which have already been placed with Airbus, will see small and cost-effective spacecraft developed. 

Backed by a £50m commitment by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), it is aimed to boost the military's future with space.

'This addition to our capability is a valuable part of the future of defence space. Partnership between Dstl and Airbus on this project secures UK jobs as well as continuing to exploit advances in the UK space sector.'  said chief executive of Dstl Gary Aitkenhead. 

Armed forces have previously used data from Britain's first radar satellite, the NovaSar which was launched last year.  

It can take pictures of a wide range of terrain on the Earth's surface in all weather conditions including heavy cloud or at night. 

The new satellites would likely use antennas from the Oxford Space Systems (OSS), according to the BBC. 

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