DSP 23 in trouble?

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Tue Nov 25 2008 - 16:55:40 UTC

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    Any visual indications of problems?
    
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4AN8FK20081124?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10339
    
    U.S. missile-warning satellite fails
    Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:31pm EST
    By Andrea Shalal-Esa
    
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Northrop Grumman Corp U.S. military satellite used to track enemy missiles stopped working in mid-September, underscoring the urgent need to keep a program for replacement satellites on track, a defense official and several analysts said on Monday.
    
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    [Loren Thompson at the Virginia-based Lexington Institute] said he had learned of the problem with the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite from several sources, and it underscored the urgency of getting the new Space Based Infrared Satellite (SBIRS) system being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp into orbit.
    
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    Theresa Hitchens, who heads the Washington-based Center for Defense Information, said several amateur astronomers had reported that DSP 23, the last of the U.S. missile-warning satellites built by Northrop, and launched in November 2007, had stopped transmitting in mid-September.
    
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