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U.S. Navy Shoots Down Target Missile in Space

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posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 04:16 PM

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully shot down a short-range ballistic missile in space in a July 30 test, agency officials announced Friday.

The Navy's USS Hopper and USS O'Kane destroyers detected and tracked a missile fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai in Hawaii during the test, which was latest demonstration of the U.S. military's Aegis Missile Defense system.

The USS Hopper fired one Standard Missile-3 block 1A missile and destroyed the target 100 miles (160 km) above the Pacific Ocean about two minutes after launch, MDA officials said in a statement.

The test marked the Aegis system's 19th successful intercept in 23 attempts, including an operational mission in 2008 that destroyed a malfunctioning satellite as it re-entered the atmosphere, MDA officials said.

The next evolution for the missile defense system will be an upgrade to a more capable interceptor, the Standard Missile-3 block 1B. A critical design review for that missile was completed in May and will first be tested in late 2010, MDA officials said.

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors of Moorestown, N.J. is the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System prime contractor, and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., builds the family of Standard Missiles used in the tests.


I think it is really cool that our military is capable of doing this! Although, I wonder why they keep practicing?

posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 05:05 PM
Maybe they are practicing to shoot down UFO's or something like that????

posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 06:11 PM
This still won't do against that Russian missile that can suddenly change course.

posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 07:45 PM
reply to post by eldard

Do you have any information on that?

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 02:30 AM
reply to post by gatorboi117

Question: Do we have any missiles that can make the trip to Betelgeuse? If so, maybe they want to see if they can make it explode before it supernovas????

posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 03:20 AM
...And then people wonder why there is tons of space debris orbiting our planet...

But other than that, I think this is pretty cool that they were able to do this. Same thing with shooting down the malfunctioning satellite last year. Hopefully they're just doing this merely to test the technology, and the need for this type of defense is only hypothetical. Let's hope they don't know something which they decided not to share

On another note though, what would happen if the test failed, and they weren't able to shoot down the missile in space? Would it fall back and land somewhere on Earth? Or would it have become trapped in low-earth orbit, and invite Hubble and the ISS to play a little game of chicken?

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