SMDC gains new vision with Kestrel Eye

Members of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center were present April 28 as Kestrel Eye, a small, low-cost, visible-imagery satellite prototype designed to ultimately provide near real-time images to the tactical-level ground Soldier in the field, rapidly and inexpensively, was able to open its doors take its first images from space. [...] Read Full Article »

Kestrel Eye demonstration comes to an end

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center's Kestrel Eye reached end of life in late August. As a Science and Technology demonstration, Kestrel Eye provided USASMDC/ARSTRAT vital data and crucial lessons learned for supporting future Army small satellite programs. [...] Read Full Article »

Army’s Microsatellite Demonstrator Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket to Support Tactical Comms

A U.S. Army microsatellite lifted off aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket Monday to demonstrate collection and delivery of real-time imagery data from space to tactical warfighters on ground. [...] Read Full Article »

SpaceX to Launch a Supercomputer and Army Satellite to the ISS This Afternoon

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral this afternoon to send a Dragon capsule full of cargo to the International Space Station. The mission, CRS-12, will be SpaceX's twelfth resupply mission to the ISS and its eleventh Falcon 9 launch this year. Liftoff is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. EDT with a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions. SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage at Landing Zone 1 at the Cape. [...] Read Full Article »

U.S. Army prepares to launch Kestrel Eye satellite atop Falcon 9

The U.S. Army is set to launch its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite Aug. 14 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, service officials said last week at the annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium. [...] Read Full Article »

A mini-fridge-size satellite could help troops get a real-time view of the upcoming battlefield

A network of tiny satellites as small as a dorm-room refrigerator could one day give military troops on the ground a real-time look at what's lurking over the next hill. [...] Read Full Article »