Rare look at US Space Force ‘spy telescope’ built to spy on ‘malicious enemy satellites’ – The Irish Sun

THE US Space Force has turned on a brand new spy telescope designed to protect against the threat of space attack.

The space surveillance telescope, located in Australia, will help military chiefs keep a close eye on Russian and Chinese satellites.

The Space Surveillance Telescope in Australia is now operational

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The Space Surveillance Telescope in Australia is now operationalPhoto credit: Australian Ministry of Defence
The device scans the night sky for faint objects

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The device scans the night sky for faint objectsPhoto credit: Australian Ministry of Defence

The Australian Ministry of Defense announced that the space surveillance telescope became operational on September 30.

“Once testing is complete, the Space Surveillance Telescope will enable greater awareness of the space realm,” the agency said.

It joins the network of sensors used by the United States, Australia and other allies to track objects in orbit.

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Many of the probes on our planet are spy satellites equipped with powerful cameras and other snooping technology.

Future satellites will be able to carry nuclear weapons and even inspect and destroy enemy spy satellites.

To keep track of what’s going on above our heads, the Pentagon is setting up a Space Surveillance Network (SSN).

It’s a group of telescopes around the world tracking thousands of objects in space, including space debris and active satellites.

The space surveillance telescope is one of the first to be erected in the southern hemisphere.

It can locate and track debris up to 22,000 miles above Earth’s surface, according to a press release.

It uses a mirror with an aperture of 3.5 meters (138″) that can capture the faintest glimmers of light in the night sky.

The United States owns the 120,000 kg telescope. Australia built the site and is responsible for operations and training.

The Royal Australian Air Force will operate the telescope in coordination with the US Space Force’s Space Delta 2 unit, which is responsible for space awareness.

“In an increasingly competitive and congested space environment, The Space Surveillance Telescope will provide increased space awareness and contribute to greater Alliance collaboration,” said Air Vice Marshal Cath Roberts.

“The bespoke facilities and supporting infrastructure are as milestone as the telescope itself and represent a significant achievement of the defense and Australian industries.”

Australia is not the only country building spy telescopes.

It emerged last year that the US plans to build a deep space spy base in the UK to protect satellites from Russian and Chinese weapons.

The US Space Force is investigating locations in Scotland and southern England for a tracking installation, as well as others in Texas and Australia.

The Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability (DARC) can detect objects the size of soccer balls from 22,400 miles away.

The system, which could be operational by 2027, scans the skies for suspicious activity and dangerous space debris.

Lt Col Jack Walker of the US Space and Missile Systems Center said there could be as many as 16 massive satellite dishes.

Each of them would be 50 feet in diameter and would be arranged in an area the size of 150 football fields.

It joins a network of telescopes around the world used for space surveillance

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It joins a network of telescopes around the world used for space surveillancePhoto credit: Australian Ministry of Defence
The telescope was built by the United States, while the site and infrastructure were designed by Australian engineers

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The telescope was built by the United States, while the site and infrastructure were designed by Australian engineersPhoto credit: Australian Ministry of Defence

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