The US will launch a space force in order to monitor the Moon and scan for signs of danger. “threats”.
A new video from the US Air Force Research Laboratory has revealed what the US military is planning for the future. The video explains and shows the plans for a new satellite called the Cislunar Highway Patrol System, (CHPS).
The probe would orbit the Moon, and then be launched into cislunar Space. This is an area that surrounds Earth and extends beyond its orbit.
In the video, the narrator says: “Until now, the United States space mission extended 22,000 miles above Earth. That was then; this is now.”
“The Air Force Research Laboratory is extending that range by 10 times and the operations area of the United States by 1,000 times, taking our reach to the far side of the moon into cislunar space, far beyond the crowd.”
According to the AFRL website: “The Cislunar Highway Patrol System (CHPS) is a spaceflight experiment designed to demonstrate foundational space domain awareness capabilities in the cislunar regime.”
The CHPS will be introduced to ensure space traffic continues to increase. The patrol will track possible collisions and monitor space.
Brian Weeden is the director of program planning at the non-profit Secure World Foundation. Ars Technica: “It’s the first step for them to be able to know what’s going on in cislunar space and then identify any potential threats to US activities.”
Weeden also said that he doesn’t believe CHPS can be used to target threats, but will observe them and notify Earth.
The video went on: “The U.S. Space Force will ensure the peaceful development of space, keeping our missions safe and secure in these distant frontiers.
“The responsible use of space and unfettered access to space domain awareness ensures collision avoidance, on-orbit logistics, communication, navigation and manoeuvring, all critical to the United States and allied space commerce, science and exploration.”
The AFRL will be asking for prototype proposals to the CHPS starting March 21st. It will then reveal the winner of the contract in July.
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