Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Satellites track complete missile flight

by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (UPI) Mar 23, 2011
Two low-Earth-orbiting U.S. satellites have detected and tracked a ballistic missile launch through all phases of flight for the first time, officials said.

This birth-to-death tracking of a ballistic missile launch had never been accomplished before from space and is a significant achievement for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System spacecraft, Doug Young of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, builder of the satellites, said.

On March 16 the satellites tracked an ARAV-B short-range target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii, reported.

An STSS satellite detected the heat signature of the launch and then locked on to the boosting missile, Young said.

The data was relayed to the second satellite, which tracked the missile as it coasted through space, re-entered the atmosphere and splashed down in the ocean, he said.

A tracking of a complete missile firing from launch to landing has been a long-sought goal, he said.

"It's the Holy Grail for missile defense," Young said.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Learn about missile defense at
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at
All about missiles at
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Official Outlines Global Missile Defense Strategy
Washington DC (AFPS) Mar 23, 2011
U.S. efforts to build effective missile defenses are more important than ever for defending the nation and its deployed forces and for cooperating with allies and partners, a senior defense policy official said. James N. Miller, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told attendees at a missile defense conference here that the nation's missile defense efforts, while focused ... read more

Satellites track complete missile flight

Official Outlines Global Missile Defense Strategy

US Welcomes Mutually Reinforcing Missile Defense Cooperation With Russia

Israel to deploy 'Iron Dome' anti-rocket system

Rocket slams into Israel city as Gaza violence spirals

Taiwan missile test flops again

Russia to double missile production from 2013: Putin

China aims new missile at Taiwan: intelligence chief

Northrop Grumman Ships First Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Fuselage

Dassault, BAE press ahead with drone plan

Mexico defends decision to use US drones in drug war

Death toll up to 24 in NW Pakistan drone strike: officials

Raytheon BBN Technologies To Protect Internet Comms For Military Abroad

Gilat Announces New Military Modem For Robust Tactical Satcom-On-The-Move

Advanced Emulation Accelerates Deployment Of Military Network Technologies

Tactical Communications Group Completes Deployment Of Ground Support Systems

Ballistic helmet offers tougher shield

Qatar eyes three more AW139 choppers

Four charged in plot to export jet engines to Iran

PEO Ammo Picks Up 155mm Lightweight Howitzer Program

Russia To Revamp Air Defense With S-400, Pantsir-S Systems

Typhoon's Libya debut seen as sales boost

Elbit And IAI Establish Joint Company

Iranian on trial in Nigeria lacked arms licence: statement

Crucial EU summit split on Libya, upset by Portugal

China extends reach in S.Asia with Nepal aid deal

Putin's animal antics questioned in Russia

Obama, Rousseff take up security concerns

Scientists Build World's First Anti-Laser

Yale scientists build 'anti-laser'

'Air laser' could find bombs at a distance

ONR Achieves Milestone In Free Electron Laser Program

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement