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Space Sensing was established to accelerate the pace of innovation, in response to emerging threats such as hypersonic weapons that put our missile warning, tracking, and defense capabilities at risk. Areas of focus include disaggregating missile warning satellite systems for greater resiliency, advancing sensor-to-shooter capabilities through more sensitive infrared sensor technology, strengthening resiliency with next-generation overhead persistent infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) technology, modernizing missile warning ground systems, and integrating digital automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to assess and evaluate the ability of various sensor designs to meet missile tracking requirements.
Innovation in environmental monitoring and persistent tactical surveillance also falls under the Space Sensing PEO. Areas of focus include building resiliency by spreading capabilities across more satellites, advancing terrestrial weather monitoring capabilities to better inform warfighters of theater conditions, and enhancing space situational awareness and environmental monitoring capabilities to track the impact of space weather on communication, navigation, and monitoring systems.
For more information and to get involved, contact SSCFrontDoor@spaceforce.mil