This could come in handy. You know, if Obama actually lets us develop those “unproven missile defense systems“.
A pair of low Earth-orbiting demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for the first time on March 16 detected and tracked a ballistic missile launch through all phases of flight, a Northrop Grumman official said March 22.
So-called birth-to-death tracking of a ballistic missile launch had never been done before from space and is the most significant achievement to date for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) spacecraft, said Doug Young, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of missile defense and warning programs.
“It’s the Holy Grail for missile defense,” Young said during a media briefing here.
U.S. Military Satellites Achieve ‘Holy Grail’ of Missile Defense
For the First Time, Satellites Track a Ballistic Missile Through All Phases of Flight
U.S.reports ballistic missile defense breakthrough
Satellites track complete missile flight
‘Holy Grail’ of Missile Defense Reached
Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)
Raytheon Company: Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS)
Space Tracking and Surveillance System
With Iran and North Korea well on their way to developing the technology to deliver nuclear tipped missiles, having STSS in service makes for a great orbiting security blanket. Of course, it’s only useful in conjunction with a robust ballistic missile defense system, a system Obama seems loathe to fully fund. We have the capability within our grasp to protect ourselves and our allies against rogue missile attacks, if only we have the commitment to build and deploy the necessary BMD systems.
/domestic bliss and tranquility mean absolutely nothing without national security
Filed under: Blog Entry | Tagged: All Phases Of Flight, Ballistic Missile Defense, Ballistic Missile Defense System, Ballistic Missile Launch, Birth-To-Death Tracking, BMD, Demonstration Satellites, Detected, Doug Young, High Ground, Holy Grail, Holy Grail For Missile Defense, Low Earth-Orbiting, Media Briefing, Missile Defense, Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Raytheon, Raytheon Company, Satellites, Significant Achievement, Space, Space Tracking And Surveillance System, STSS, Tracked |