The US Space Force intends to build a space surveillance telescope in Australia. It is designed to monitor and spot satellites and debris for over 22,000 miles above Earth. It is also anticipated to begin its operation by 2022.
The surveillance telescope was built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Lab. It was tested between 2011 and 2017 before reaching the US Air Force. Now, Washington was able to sign an agreement with Canberra tp base the surveillance telescope in Australia.
The US Space Force’s Next Space Project is Under Development
The recent US space project is not the first one developed in Australia. Currently, there is another one dubbed Pine Gap, a command surveillance base 11 miles southwest of Alice Springs. There’s also a site in Darwin utilized by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
A dome for the future surveillance telescope has been developed at the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Center, approximately four miles north of Exmouth. A 2MW central power station will power the facility. The telescope will be operated by the RAAF (the Royal Australian Air Force) and the USSF (the United States Space Force).
The USSF Wants To Take Over Its Competitors
The US Space Force is known for its achievements since 1982, and it recently became an independent service nowadays. Its official webpage states: “Space has become essential to our security and prosperity – so much so that we need a branch of our military dedicated to its defense, just like we have branches of the military dedicated to protecting and securing the air, land, and sea.”
The US Space Force also notes that reviews are being offered of all USAF foundations before public confirmation is released as to what bases the new force will possess. The US is still the only one with an independent space force. Previously, there was also the Russian Space Force.
Patricia Smead is The Trending Times’s senior contributor covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Patricia graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.