The Space Development Agency (SDA) recently announced the successful initial launch of Tranche 0 (T0) low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites,  marking a milestone in military satellite technology, a new era in space-based warfare. The Space Development Agency, of course, is US Space Force’s direct reporting unit tasked with deploying disruptive space technology.

The initial launch of the first ten of the 28 Tranche 0 LEO satellites of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) was sent into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the lift-off taking place from the Space Launch Complex at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California last April 2nd.

These satellites will show how low-latency communication links can support the warfighter with a network of integrated capabilities from low-Earth orbits, such as tracking advanced missile threats. (LEO).

The first 10 of the 28 satellites were sent into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with two stages that can be reused. The rocket was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

When completed, Tranche 0 will have 20 data transport satellites with optical connections and eight missile warning/missile tracking satellites with optical connections and wide-field-of-view sensors. The second SDA launch of Tranche 0 satellites is scheduled for June this year.

Director Derek Tournear echoed the positive sentiments of the agency with this momentous milestone in US space history.

“This is a major accomplishment SDA and for the Department of Defense as a whole. It shows that our key pillars, proliferation and spiral development, can work for national security space. Through this launch, we’ve demonstrated that SDA can keep a schedule to deliver enhanced capabilities every two years. This revolutionary approach is enabled by the growth in the commercial marketplace, allowing the PWSA to move forward to deliver war-fighting capabilities in each future tranche.”

The launch was supposed to happen on March 30, but it was pushed back to look into technical problems with the launch vehicle. Ten satellites were launched in the recent Tranche 0 Launch: with eight Transport satellites from York Space Systems and two tracking satellites from SpaceX.