The U.S. Missile Defense Agency hopes to launch as many as half a dozen satellites by 2012 to test a space-based Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) system, agency documents show. "By 2011-2012, our space-based test bed will have a thin constellation of three to six spacecraft on orbit," MDA wrote in a recently unveiled "justification" of its fiscal 2005 budget request. Defense Department sources previously had indicated only that an experimental constellation for the interceptor ...

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