RE: [coldwarcomms] Nike Missiles & Sites
- Hi Albert --
Good point about test ban verification. Space-based systems are
good for detecting atmospheric tests, although the field of view
is limited. I'm thinking about our inability to draw conclusions
about a possible test in the south Atlantic X years ago. Seismic
monitoring is still one of the chief means of detecting/verifying
Gotta split one hair though. The technology to warn of missile
launches is different than NUDET. NUDET flies as a separate "package"
on DSP and other satellites. It is not the same as the DSP sensor.
DSP has to pick out relatively faint IR signatures from some
nasty IR noise. Surely a NUDET would be incredibly bright (humor
intended!) and would blind the DSP sensor.
Take care -- pj
From: albertjlafrance@... [mailto:albertjlafrance@...]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: [coldwarcomms] Nike Missiles & Sites
The 1986 book "Deep Black", but William F. Burrows, provides some
on NUDET detection by satellite.
One important distinction to consider with regard to NUDET detection is
whether a particular technology is intended to detect nuclear tests
in enemy-controlled territory) for treaty verification, to identify
over friendly territory, or to warn of missile launches. I'll have to
re-read the material, but as I recall, the first satellite systems had a
limited field of view and couldn't simultaneously monitor both U.S. and
Soviet territory. And the earliest detection programs were based on
monitoring and other ground or atmospheric-based techniques.
In a message dated 4/28/2001 5:43:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Reporting of nuclear detonations (NUDETS) within CONUS was theNIKE
> responsibility of DCPA
> (the old FEMA equivalent). I have never seen a nuclear detector at a
> nor would I expect to see one.
> Eventually land based bomb detectors were replaced by space based
> first the VELA, then MIDAS then DSP and today GPS satellites performcapability
> NUDET monitoring. The US has had some form of space based NUDET
> since 1960. Thus the military not having to rely on it's civilianYour use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to