Space Force plans to send a patrol probe out past the moon

The U.S. military is planning to extend its reach in space to one day patrol the area around the moon.

In a new video, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) revealed the U.S. military’s big plans for its future work in space. These plans, the video showed, include extending space awareness capabilities beyond geostationary orbit with the help of a new satellite called the Cislunar Highway Patrol System (CHPS). This is a moon-patrolling probe that the military plans to launch to cislunar space, a vast area around Earth that stretches out past the moon’s orbit.