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Exclusive-Northrop Grumman working with Musk’s SpaceX on US spy satellite system

Exclusive-Northrop Grumman working with Musk’s SpaceX on US spy satellite system

WASHINGTON : Aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman is working with SpaceX, the space venture of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, on a classified spy satellite project already capturing high-resolution imagery of the Earth, according to people familiar with the program. The program, details of which were first reported by Reuters last month, is meant to enhance the U.S. government’s ability to track military and intelligence targets from low-Earth orbits, providing high-resolution imagery of a kind that had traditionally been captured mostly by drones and reconnaissance aircraft. The inclusion of Northrop Grumman, which has not been previously reported, reflects a desire among government officials to avoid putting too much control of a highly-sensitive intelligence program in the hands of one contractor, four people familiar with the project told Reuters. “It is in the government’s interest to not be totally invested in one company run by one person,” one of the people said. It’s unclear whether other contractors are involved at present or could join the project as it develops. Spokespeople at Northrop Grumman and SpaceX didn’t …

Northrop Grumman Shows Off Terrifying Military Drone Submarine

Northrop Grumman Shows Off Terrifying Military Drone Submarine

It’s name is Manta Ray, and it’s here to make enemies’ lives miserable. Manta Death Ray Defense contractor and international arms dealer Northrop Grumman has released a photo of a sleek underground drone called the Manta Ray, which closely resembles its oceanic namesake. The “full-size uncrewed underwater vehicle” (UUV) prototype, which was developed under a 2020 contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), appears to be a sleek and low-profile underwater glider. The inscrutable craft can maneuver into enemy territory autonomously, the company says, and even anchor itself to the sea bed to hibernate, allowing it to jump back into action when needed. Is it a death machine, designed to blow up adversary submarines or other oceanic targets — or is it meant to be equipped with sensors for reconnaissance missions in the deep? Or, perhaps, both? Underwater Threat Both Northrop Grumman and DARPA remain suspiciously vague about the exact purpose of the Manta Ray platform. That’s not shocking; the military-industrial complex is no stranger to almost comically jargony and circuitous language. Northrop Grumman claims …