Four years after launch of the first of a new fleet of missile-warning satellites, the U.S. Air Force is planning to test the system’s newest technology—a powerful infrared staring sensor—in an operational assessment. The operational assessment is set to begin in November and last 5-6 months, according to Jeff Smith, vice president of military space programs-operations at Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the Space-Based Infrared System (Sbirs) satellites. Meanwhile, the ...

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