The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to continue testing the use of Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for ballistic missile target discrimination in the near term because taking that mission to space is still too costly. The agency terminated plans this year to design and build a follow-on to the two orbiting Space Tracking Surveillance System satellites, which have been used to launch a ship-based SM-3 successfully against a target. “We want to go to space,” said Rich Matlock, ...


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