Threats That Keep Huntsville’s Rocket Scientists Employed
Since Wernher von Braun and his team of German rocket scientists set up shop in Huntsville, Alabama, in the early 1950s, “Rocket City” has cradled just about every U.S. space and missile project, from the nuclear-tipped PGM-11 Redstone to today’s NASA Space Launch System and the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Ground-Based Interceptor. Home to U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville and its legions of scientists and engineers continue to push the limits of Western rocket technology for space exploration, global attack and national defense.
As Russia and China update their nuclear rocket forces with modern, complex missiles and “rogue” nations such as Iran and North Korea threaten pre-emptive attacks on the U.S. and its allies, Huntsville’s best and brightest are as busy as ever developing new tricks to counter new weapons of war. In this threat survey, we look at what keeps the men and women of Rocket City burning the midnight oil.