The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) program plans to speed up some activities and slow others as part of a restructuring spurred by budget cuts and technological challenges, a program official said Dec. 10. The first flight-test of the interceptor's booster has been moved up a year or two, to 2007. The booster, which needs to accelerate the interceptor missile to about six kilometers (3.7 miles) a second in less than a minute, is "the most risky part of ...

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