Space-based sensors star in "Stellar Eyes" missile defense test

Hong Nguyen, left, head of the Missile Defense Branch and Remar Balatero, event lead for Flight Test Mission 20, discuss preparations for an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System test at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. The FTM-20 demonstrated for the first time, the system’s capability to detect a target from outer space and launch a sea-based Standard Missile from an Aegis-equipped Navy ship to destroy a medium-range ballistic missile. The event was conducted with tracking data from satellite sensors orbiting the Earth. (U.S. Navy photo by Troy Clarke)

PHOTO BY: Troy Clarke
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