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US Space-Based Missile Warning System Achieves Key Milestone ^ | 1/14/2010 | SPX via Space War

Posted on 01/15/2010 8:52:26 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

The U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team developing the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program has achieved two key milestones: a testing milestone demonstrating that the ground system is on track to support launch of the first SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite in the constellation, and a maturity milestone moving the ground system into the next level of integration. SBIRS will deliver unprecedented, global, persistent infrared surveillance capabilities by providing early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously supporting other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness.

The testing milestone, known as the Combined Day-In-The-Life Test (CDITL), validated the functionality, performance, and operability of the SBIRS GEO ground system for its planned operational use. The campaign included testing of over 1.5 million source lines of code and 133 ground segment requirements.

The new SBIRS ground system includes software and hardware necessary to perform activation, checkout and initial operations of the GEO-1 satellite after launch. SBIRS uses "Day-In-The-Life" test events to validate the integrated ground system, following successful verification at the segment level.

Colonel Winthrop Idle, the U.S. Air Force SBIRS Wing's Ground Systems Group Commander said, "Our ground system performed very well. This test paves the way for the SBIRS program to provide a new, even more impressive level of information to the warfighter with the GEO system.

The exceptional performance of the ground system is a true testament to the hard work and dedication put forth by our strong government and industry team."

The CDITL test integrated several geographically separated sites used for command and control, factory engineering support and direct interface to mission data users. The 17-day test included the use of high-fidelity spacecraft simulators to complete the launch and early orbit test processes and products that will be used for GEO-1 launch.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: lockheed; mda; missiledefense; missilewarning; satellite; sbirs; spacetech; usaf

1 posted on 01/15/2010 8:52:31 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

can this be linked to our Aegis ABM Destroyers?

2 posted on 01/15/2010 8:57:06 PM PST by ak267
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To: sonofstrangelove; KevinDavis


3 posted on 01/15/2010 8:59:01 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: ak267

SBIRS High will replace Defense Support Program satellites and is primarily to provide enhanced strategic and theater ballistic missile warning capabilities.The answer would be “Yes’ since DSP is apart of missile defense programs.

4 posted on 01/15/2010 9:00:24 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Werner Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Good to know. Have some stationed on both coasts and the Gulf to protect against rogue-country missile attacks.

5 posted on 01/15/2010 9:04:58 PM PST by ak267
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To: sonofstrangelove

“I KNOW it can never work!”

— Barack Obama —

“It’s all just a conservative Cold War wet dream”

— Nancy Pelosi —

“Why waste money on missile defense when gay prostitutes often lack secure and comfortable housing?”

— Barney Frank —

“When I was on a secret swiftboat mission in Cambodia, it occurred to me that the special CIA hat I was wearing was proof that missile defence could never ever work.”

— John Kerry —

“Strategic missiles really really get me aroused, but the thought of getting ‘shot down’ by those defensive missiles is really a downer, a regular erection-killer.”

— Bill Clinton —

“Only conservative fools could believe in something so blatantly impossible as missile defence”

— Al Gore —

AND now, the all-time classic quotation for the ages:

“Curt Schilling is in favor of missile defence..... and he’s a Yankees fan....... so I’m against it all!!”

— Martha Croak-ly —

[p.s. these of course are not real quotations, but maybe they are just as real as the “honesty” and “sincerity” of the Demagogues!]

6 posted on 01/15/2010 9:08:29 PM PST by Enchante (Martha Croak-y: Larry Bird = Lakers fan, Bobby Orr loves the Canadiens, &Tom Brady prefers the Jets)
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