The U.S. Space Force‘s Wide Field of View spacecraft arrived safely on February 2 to the launch processing facility in Florida, having shipped from Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing (NYSE: BA) company’s headquarters in El Segundo, California.
This satellite was procured by the Space Systems Command to serve as testbed for Wide Field of View technologies in GEO orbit for the missile warning mission and as an enabling asset for the missile tracking and missile defense missions.
“Missile warning, or the early detection of ballistic missile launches, is critical to the safety of our nation and our allies,” said Jason Kim, chief executive officer, Millennium Space Systems. “Wide Field of View will enhance our nation’s current Overhead Persistent Infrared capabilities and prepare us to rapidly incorporate new tech in future systems.”
Kim added the Wide Field of View’s arrival is a culmination of industry, Space Force and NASA teamwork and support to get the program ready for launch. Launch and mission operations preparation is now underway.
Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing Company, delivers high-performing prototype and constellation solutions across advanced national security and environmental observation missions. Founded in 2001, the company’s small satellite missions support government, civil and commercial space customers’ needs across orbits.