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Conventional ASAT


American military anti-satellite system. Study 1978. In May 1978, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a priority list of potential Soviet target satellites for the MHV hit-to-kill ASAT then under development.

The Chiefs also directed that work on begin on a "conventional ASAT", a low-risk alternative system using off-the-shelf technology. This system, employing pellets as its kill mechanism, was intended as a backup in case the MHV ran into technical or cost problems.

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  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

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  • Federation of American Scientists Web Site, Web Address when accessed: here.

Conventional ASAT Chronology


1978 May - .
  • Pentagon issues ASAT target list - . Nation: USA. Spacecraft: Conventional ASAT. Summary: The US Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a priority list of potential Soviet target satellites for the MHV hit-to-kill ASAT. The Chiefs also directed that work on begin on a 'conventional ASAT', a low-risk alternative system using off-the-shelf technology..

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