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The Space Symposium is an annual event that brings together all sectors of industry conducting business in space. Diverse civilian and defense agencies from all over the world gather under one roof to discuss and showcase the latest developments in space technologies. This year, the participation of the U.S. Navy in the event was notable due to their announcement that it will begin to upgrade their warships with "unnamed" space capabilities.
The Navy absolutely is planning as part of the upgrades to the ship's systems to have tremendous increase in space domain awareness capability. The upgrades will allow for independent space domain capability, tracking of objects in the background, which doesn't take away from any of its other capabilities. So that is a huge upgrade. - Rear Adm. Michael Bernacchi
The ambitious plan calls for a complete upgrade of the electronic systems in more than thirty Navy vessels over the next few years. The new and sophisticated radar platform will be able to track and classify uncorrelated targets entering into controlled airspace without losing its ability to simultaneously monitor the sky for identified objects.
The announcement by Rear Admiral Bernacchi generated a few questions from journalist attending the conference, who wanted to know more about the nature of the unspecified targets the Navy is trying to monitor with the new state-of-the-art sensors. The Admiral, however, declined to elaborate citing the fact that everything related to space defense was "classified." Is the Navy including UFOs on its list of targets of interest?