Re: Midas 9

From: Vitek, Antonin (
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 00:14:56 EDT

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    > So, are you saying that the Midas satellites were operational for 2
    > weeks, maximum?  Some for only a couple of hours?  That seems like an
    > immense expenditure of money at a very low efficiency.  Perhaps they were
    > launched at times of hightened alert of nuclear attack.  May I assume
    > that there were other Early Warning satellites in orbit during the early
    > 1960's?
    No, But those satellite, publicly announced as (or at least in open
    press designated as) Midas type satellites were only prototypes. Other -
    operational - early warning satellites are not incorporated into
    mentioned ones.
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