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SDA Looks to Apply Real-Time Targeting Features to Space Sensor Layer

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The Space Development Agency and U.S. Army are planning to integrate automatic target recognition and image formation capabilities into the proposed space-based sensor layer for situational awareness and missile defense, C4ISRnet reported Saturday.

In an email to the publication, SDA said that data from the sensing satellites will be transmitted to the “transport layer” where it will inform courses of action for targeting operations. SDA noted that the tracking and targeting features will support not only space situational awareness and missile defense but also the detection of beyond-line-of-sight ground threats in real-time.

Previously, acting SDA Director Derek Tournear said the agency is working with partners to develop sensing satellites that will “plug in seamlessly” to the transport layer.