Spy agency ready to launch new vehicle-tracking satellites

March 21, 2024

The National Reconnaissance Office is gearing up to launch new satellites that will enable the U.S. military and intelligence community to track moving vehicles and people from space. The NRO already put satellites into orbit to test out the concept—and now the agency is ready to launch satellites for operations, said Christopher Scolese, director of the NRO. The NRO did not disclose when they would start launching the new satellites, or when the systems would be operational. The agency is developing the program with the Space Force, whose operators will fly the new satellites and point the sensors. The USSF is working with the Air Force and the intelligence community in a complementary way to design, develop, and deploy space-based GMTI systems,” according to documents.