US sends 2 missile defense satellites into orbit

(AP) -- Two satellites are heading to orbit as part of a missile defense program demonstration.

The pair was launched aboard a Delta 2 rocket on Friday morning as part of the Space Tracking and Surveillance System demonstration for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

According to Bob Bishop, media relations manager for developer Northrop Grumman, the satellites will demonstrate technology that can detect infrared and visible light from missiles launched from earth. The space surveillance system will provide global tracking for the ballistic missile defense system.

Data from the satellites' onboard sensors will be used by the military to intercept missile targets.

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Sep 25, 2009
I thought this was an international no-no?

Sep 25, 2009
As far as we're being told above, there is no weaponization in space here. Just detection and tracking systems. And those types of things have been up there for quite a while now. i.e. military observation satellites are not new and apparently not a no-no.

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