[FPSPACE] : Weapons in space
thomsona at flash.net
Sun Oct 17 12:50:26 EDT 2004
> Interceptors will only follow a ballistic arc if they don't work, and then
> they'll probably burn up in the atmosphere.
I had a blessedly brief exposure to what was then the NMD program Nov 1996 -
Aug 1997, working in the countermeasures part but getting briefed on overall
system characteristics. (What's going into Alaska now is essentially the
same thing.) In order to get full coverage of the US from Alaska against
hypothesized threats, the interceptor boosters have to be really hot
rockets, with burnout velocities of more than 8 km/s. In some intercept
geometries, a kill vehicle that misses the target will find itself in orbit.
Most won't, it's true.
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