ASM-135 ASAT

ASM-135 ASAT

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ASM-135 ASAT

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The ASM-135 ASAT is an air-launched anti-satellite multi stage missile that was developed by Ling-Temco-Vought'sLTV Aerospace division. The ASM-135 was carried exclusively by the United States Air Force (USAF)'s F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft.

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Starting in the late 1950s, the United States began development of anti-satellite weapons. The first United States anti-satellite weapon was Bold Orion Weapon System 199B. Like the ASM-135, the Bold Orion missile was air launched; but in this case from a B-47 Stratojet. The Bold Orion was tested in 19 October 1959 against the Explorer 6 satellite.Edited By Bhupendra Jasani, Space Weapons and International Security, A SIPRI Publication, Oxford University Press, 1987.Encyclopedia Astronautica, Bold Orion, , web page retrieved on 3 November 2007.

Starting in 1960 the Department of Defense (DoD) started a program called SPIN (SPace INtercept). In 1962, the United States Navy launched Caleb rockets from as part of the Satellite Interceptor Program, with the objective of developing an anti-satellite weapon.Federation of American Scientists Web Site, FAS Space......
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