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General Dynamics - NFIRE Satellite Experiment Success


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General Dynamics
: 23 August, 2007  (Company News)
General Dynamics-built NFIRE Satellite Successfully Completes First Missile Defense Experiment
The Near Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE) satellite, built by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, today successfully completed its first experiment for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). In the experiment, NFIRE collected images of a boosting missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., that flew within 3.5 kilometers of the on-orbit satellite. Data collected during this experiment will be used to help with the development of future missile defense

technology efforts.

'The success of NFIRE is important to the development of missile defense technologies that will be used to defend the United States,' said David Shingledecker, vice president and general manager of integrated space systems for General Dynamics. 'We're pleased that our flexible spacecraft design helps to enable this unique mission.'
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