posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 07:30 AM
originally posted by: B2StealthBomber
a reply to: Bedlam
I know they can detect the ones going off.
I was taking about the sensor package on the MILSTAR sats that can pick up the high velocity spin offs of enriched uranium.
I know some oddball yet not for consumption features of the newer MILSTAR sats, (and the DSP constellation) but not that one.
I assume you're talking about a gamma spectrometer?
If the nuke's not putting out much in the way of radiation to begin with, by the time you get nearly 26,000 miles away, you're never ever going to
localize even strong gamma emissions. A satellite in geosync is not a useful thing for that sort of service. You need to be really close.
Hell, even scanning with [redacted] is tough, and you have to map out existing sources before you go looking.
eta: even enriched uranium isn't all that radioactive. The half-life's nearly a billion years.
etaa: MILSTAR needs updating. But I wouldn't bet on a geosync bird managing to spot nukes on the ground even with the best sensors we got.
on 1-3-2016 by Bedlam because: (no reason given)