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  • Air Force Eyes Next Space Experiments

    02/09/2011 9:45:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/9/2011 | Graham Warwick
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory has picked the candidates for its next major spaceflight experiment. And the nominees are...AMWSE, the Advanced Missile Warning Sensors Experiment; and AXOIM, the Advanced Experiment in Orbital Manipulation. AFRL plans to solicit proposals for AMWSE and AXIOM via a broad area announcement to be released in three to six months, and to select one or both concepts to be built and flown. AMWSE will characterize space-based missile warning sensor technologies. AXOIM will demonstrate new uses for advanced solar arrays combined with Hall Effect electric thrusters. The baseline for AXOIM is a single lightweight, high-power...
  • DSP Satellite System Celebrates 40 Years

    11/18/2010 9:30:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    SPX via Space War ^ | 11/11/2010 | Capt. Chris Castle
    Tomorrow the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first launch of the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite. It was the beginnings of a satellite constellation that has been providing space-based infrared missile warning to our nation's leaders for four decades. On, Nov. 6, 1970 the launch of the maiden DSP spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. was accomplished. During the last several decades, a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, acquisition specialists, civilian contractors and space professionals has ensured that the DSP system performed better than advertised and lasted much longer than designed....
  • Space sensors detect, track missile launch

    07/09/2010 4:49:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/9/2010 | UPI
    Demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon successfully tracked a ground-based missile launch in a systems test last month. Tracking data generated by satellite sensors was transmitted to the Missile Defense Integration and Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which serves as the ground station for the two demonstration spacecraft, Northrop Grumman said in a news release "The STSS satellites operated as expected and the system generated high-quality track data during the boost phase in this first missile test of capabilities," said Gabe Watson, vice president, missile defense and missile warning programs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
  • LA Pleading for Missile Warning Satellites To Track Wildfires

    06/24/2010 3:35:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Space News ^ | 6/18/2010 | Debra Werner
    Los Angeles County is seeking to add a new tool to its arsenal of firefighting weapons: satellites. Before California’s next fire season, county officials hope to gain access to infrared data gathered by U.S. Air Force missile warning satellites to assist them in detecting wildfires. On June 16, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors sent letters to senators and representatives in Los Angeles’ congressional delegation asking for help in establishing a program. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors respectfully requests your consideration in exploring the feasibility of implementing a pilot program to assess the viability of utilizing satellite...
  • New 'Magnet' system would alert entire military of incoming strikes

    06/05/2010 1:53:33 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Geostrategy Direct. ^ | 6/5/2010 | Geostrategy Direct.
    The Israel Air Force has installed a command and control system to help respond to an enemy missile strike. Officials said the Air Force has installed the Magnet system in all bases. They said Magnet, which links to radar and sensors, facilitates the rapid transfer of data to military headquarters. "The new system can send a warning regarding missiles hitting any base through a message on the screen," Maj. Itzik Ben-Simon, an Air Force operations chief, said. "Until now, the alerts were relayed by phone from the control cell in Tel Aviv." Officials said Magnet has included a computerized operations...
  • PAVE PAWS marks 30th anniversary

    05/16/2010 9:51:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 354+ views
    Cape Cod Missile ^ | 5/16/2010 | George Brennan
    For 30 years, it has protected the East Coast of the United States from sea and land strikes by enemy missiles. Yesterday, officials from the Air Force 6th Space Warning Squadron celebrated those three decades at PAVE PAWS — the first U.S. phased array warning system in the country and only one of four overall. "I think certainly the legacy is keeping a watch, a presence looking out over the Atlantic Ocean," Lt. Col. Max Lantz, commander of the 6th Space Warning Squadron, said Friday. "It's been one of vigilant watch for the past 30 years." Everyday, the 10-story radar...
  • LM makes advancement with SBIRS GEO

    02/18/2010 12:21:24 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 144+ views
    UPI ^ | UPI
    U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin marked a testing milestone for its missile launch early warning and surveillance geosynchronous orbit spacecraft. Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first phase of the Baseline Integrated System Test on its second Space-Based Infrared System satellite spacecraft technology. The Baseline Integrated System Test, which is an extensive functional test on the SBIRS GEO, marks a milestone for Lockheed Martin and paves the way for final factory work. The SBIRS GEO is designed to provide the U.S. military with next-generation missile detection and surveillance capabilities. "Concluding the first phase of Baseline Integrated System Test is another...
  • Big Changes in Store for Missile Warning Tech Effort

    01/22/2010 9:35:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 223+ views
    Space News ^ | 1/22/2010 | Space News Staff
    The U.S. Air Force in its 2011 budget request will announce significant changes to the Third Generation Infrared Surveillance (TGIRS) missile warning technology development program, a top service official said. TGIRS was originally conceived as a potential alternative to the long-troubled Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS), whose first dedicated satellite is almost a decade behind schedule. But as the Air Force became confident that SBIRS was finally on track, TGIRS became a technology demonstration effort that now has two main elements: an experimental sensor built by SAIC to be hosted aboard an SES Americom commercial communications satellite slated to launch...
  • US Space-Based Missile Warning System Achieves Key Milestone

    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...
  • Newest DSP Likely Failing in Orbit

    12/03/2009 4:05:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 478+ views
    Aviation Weekly and Space Technology ^ | 12/07/2009 | Amy Butler
    The U.S. Air Force is asking industry to explore options for quick delivery of a space-based missile warning system, a move which is likely connected to reports that the service's newest ballistic missile warning satellite is failing in orbit. A broad sources sought notice was issued Nov. 24, and a more specific and classified request for information is expected Dec. 1. This flurry of activity is likely a response to concerns of a space-based missile warning gap, according to industry officials. The 23rd Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite, launched into orbit last November, has drifted from its original position in...
  • Raytheon To Flight-Qualify Experimental Missile Warning Payload

    11/01/2009 1:55:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 608+ views
    Space News ^ | 10/30/2009 | Turner Brinton
    Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems was awarded a $46 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to continue development of an infrared sensor intended for a missile warning system that may succeed the over-budget and behind-schedule Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) now in development. The Air Force several years ago began planning for a so-called third-generation missile warning system even as it continued to fall behind on the development of SBIRS, a program dogged by technical troubles. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., is the prime contractor for the SBIRS program, which consists of dedicated missile...