Elon Musk’s SpaceX won a $149 million (£114.8 million) agreement to assemble missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) said on Monday, in the company’s first government agreement to assemble satellites.
SpaceX, known for its reusable rockets and astronaut cases, is ramping up satellite creation for Starlink, a developing heavenly body of many web radiating satellites that CEO Elon Musk expectations will produce enough income to help support SpaceX’s interplanetary objectives.
Under the SDA contract, SpaceX will utilize its Starlink assembly plant in Redmond, Washington, to construct four satellites fitted with a wide-point infrared missile-tracking sensor provided by a subcontractor, a SDA official said.
Technology company L3 Harris Technologies Inc., once in the past Harris Corporation, gotten $193 million to assemble another four satellites. The two companies are relied upon to convey the satellites for dispatch by fall 2022.
The awards are important for the SDA’s first stage to acquire satellites to identify and track missiles like intercontinental ballistic rockets (ICBMs), which can travel significant distances and are trying to track and catch.
SpaceX in 2019 got $28 million from the Air Force to utilize the youngster Starlink satellite organization to test scrambled internet providers with various military planes, however the Air Force has not requested any Starlink satellites of its own.