Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
The Military United States Technology

Rocket Blasts Off With Missile-Warning Satellite 60

Posted by Soulskill
from the name-it-after-your-space-opera-of-choice dept.
fysdt sends this quote from a Reuters report: "An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday to put the first satellite of the Defense Department's new missile-warning system into orbit. Tucked inside the rocket's nosecone was the $1.3 billion Space-Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Geo-1 spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. The satellite, the first of four scheduled for launch over the next five years, is intended to provide the US military with early notice of missile launches and other reconnaissance services. The $17.6 billion SBIRS constellation, which includes sensors on host satellites, will augment and eventually replace the military's Defense Support Program satellites, which have been operating since 1970. The satellites scour the planet for heat trails produced by flying rockets and missiles."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Rocket Blasts Off With Missile-Warning Satellite

Comments Filter:
  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Rocket heat trail detected 0.0 km away"

  • Step 1: Put missile detectors in space
    Step 2: Put missiles in space.
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: Profit.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I think you'll find - in this Military Industrial Complex age - it's as follows:

      Define the steps (Profit)
      Step 1: Put missile detectors in space (Profit)
      Step 2: Put missiles in space. (Profit)
      Step 3: ??? (Profit)
      Step 4: Profit. (Profit)
      Step 5. Overrun original budgets (Profit)

    • Step 3: hook up to Skynet
      Step 4: Whatever Skynet decides
      Step 5: Assume the position

    • by Yvanhoe (564877)
      Actually I hope that step 2 will be followed by a lot of uprorar. There is a ban on weapons in space. I wonder how long it will last.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    this game costs $1.3B, Lockheed wins, and you always lose.

    Ready, set, go.

    Oops. We have to cut teachers' pay again.

    • by Solandri (704621)
      We spend about $10,000 per student each year [ed.gov] on public education. The stats I'm seeing for average class size is between 25-30, so we're spending more than a quarter million dollars per teacher each year. The problem with education isn't that we aren't funding it enough. The problem is that most of the money is being spent on stuff other than teaching kids, and never makes it to the teachers/classrooms.
  • Now I get it (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday May 07, 2011 @05:25PM (#36058644)

    An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday

    I occasionally see these stories and idly wonder (having grown up in the 60s and 70s) "when did they change Cape Kennedy back to Cape Canaveral"? I assumed it was recent since I've only noticed the "Cape Canaveral" references recently; but I never bothered to check.

    Well, looks like it happened way back in 1973 - at the request of the residents. The facility retained the name "Kennedy Space Center" to honor JFK. I guess my childhood memories of the Apollo launch telecasts "live from Cape Kennedy" were so strong, I ignored anything I might've heard about the name changing back.

    Actually, now that I think about it it - it probably had more to do with Barbara Eden and those sexy outfits. Major Nelson always went off to "Cape Kennedy", after all.

    • I'm old enough to remember hearing and reading about Cape Canaveral before it became Cape Kennedy. Makes sense to go back to the old place name and renaming the facility. IIRC, I Dream of Jeannie was one of the first TV shows to use a Titan Gemini launch instead of an Atlas Mercury launch for the generic space launch shot.
  • The satellites scour the planet for heat trails produced by flying rockets and missiles.

    But never airplanes, drones, jets, helicopters, ships, cars and other road vehicles, trains, those on horse, donkey or camel back, whales and dolphins, big game animals, joggers or skateboard riders.

  • by drmofe (523606) on Saturday May 07, 2011 @06:39PM (#36058972)

    An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

    The Atlas 5 has never been man-rated. But it could be done.

Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.

Working...