Defense Alarm System Infrared Sensor Series III Rear View

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Aerojet ElectroSystems built this Series III infrared sensor payload for use in Missile Defense Alarm System (MIDAS) satellites. These satellites were one part of a U.S. Air Force program operational in the 1960s to provide early warning of a Soviet missile attack. The Series III was designed to detect and track the hot exhaust gases of missiles at launch and during the boost phase.

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05/01/2019 12:54

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Mark Avino

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A19700253000-NASM2019-01906

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