Orbital Sciences Booster Successful in Missile Defense Test

By Thomas Duffy / January 27, 2004 at 5:00 AM
The Missile Defense Agency has successfully demonstrated a booster rocket that is central to the national missile defense system the Bush administration plans to field later this year, MDA said today. The rocket, which carried a dummy interceptor payload, flew a simulated intercept mission last night over the central Pacific Ocean, the agency said. This was the second successful flight for the Orbital Sciences-built rocket, which could be the only booster MDA has available when the initial missile defense system...

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