Last August, during a speech to the Pentagon contractors, Mike Griffin frankly fretted on how limited time he had left in office. He also talked about how much he wanted to get done. Griffin is the same personality who was lately appointed as the U.S. undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
Griffin stated that a “proliferated space sensor layer, possibly based off commercial space developments” is at the top of his to-do list. He emphasized that soon the space sensors must be deployed to fill gaps in the present missile defense system. These systems make the U.S. and its allies exposed to Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons. While talking about the space sensor, layer Griffin stated, “We know that this can be done. However, it could not be done rapidly.” He added that the Pentagon takes approximately 16 Years from “highlighting a need to preliminary operational capability.”
On a similar note, SpaceX came into the news as a test of the emergency escape system for the firm’s novel spacecraft intended to carry NASA astronauts into orbit went wrong last week. Recently, an unverified video on Twitter claims to demonstrate just how bad the glitch was.
Last week, SpaceX carried out a static-fire trial of the emergency abort system. This trial was done on its novel Crew Dragon space capsule, which is aimed for use by NASA’s Commercial Crew program to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Last week’s trial, however, did not go as per plans. SpaceX stated that earlier the firm carried out a chain of engine trials on a Crew Dragon trial vehicle on its test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The primary trials were successfully completed. However, the final trial resulted in a glitch on the trial stand.
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