Northrop-Raytheon Satellite System Notches Successful Test

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and Raytheon’s (NYSE:RTN) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstration satellites detected and tracked a two-stage Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) during a U.S. Missile Defense Agency flight test.

According to the firms, “tracking data generated by the satellite sensors were transmitted to the Missile Defense Integration and Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which serves as the ground station for the two demonstration spacecraft.”

“The STSS satellites operated as expected and the system generated high-quality track data during the boost phase in this first missile test of capabilities, ” said Gabe Watson, vice president, missile defense and missile warning programs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The STSS system is on its way to proving the value of space-based sensors for missile defense by demonstrating the ability to detect and track missiles throughout their entire flight trajectory.”

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