HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The United States Army is making a serious push to launch swarms of tiny, inexpensive spy satellites, which would serve as eyes and ears for soldiers on the ground.
The military already has an extensive system of reconnaissance satellites orbiting Earth. Most of them are large, expensive, highly capable craft developed by the Air Force, such as the recently launched $1.4 billion GEO-1 satellite.
Despite the abilities of these advanced satellites, London said, warfighters on the ground have a critical need for more accurate and up-to-date information.
To help meet this need for its soldiers, the Army is developing and testing a variety of different nanosatellites, whose low cost will enable them to be launched in large numbers. Together, the observational reach of these satellites would be considerable, and they’d be tough for adversaries to knock out.
“These satellites are very small,” London said. “They’re very hard to track and, more than likely, very hard to target.”