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Head of U.S. Strategic Command blasts GBSD critics: ‘Minuteman 3 cannot be life-extended’

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Adm. Charles Richard said the Pentagon has to continue to invest in the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, a new intercontinental ballistic missile to replace the Minuteman 3.

WASHINGTON — The commander of U.S. Strategic Command Adm. Charles Richard said the Pentagon has to procure a new intercontinental ballistic missile and updating Cold War-era missiles is not an acceptable option. 

“You cannot life extend the Minuteman 3,” Richard told reporters Jan. 5 in a Zoom conference hosted by the Defense Writers Group. 

U.S. Strategic Command, based at Offutt Air Force Force, Nebraska, is responsible for nuclear deterrence and cybersecurity.

Richard’s comments were in reaction to calls for the Biden administration to reconsider a massive Pentagon investment in the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile. The GBSD is the follow-on to the Minuteman 3 ICBM that first became operational in 1970.  

The Air Force in September awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract to develop the GBSD over the next seven years. The program will cost tens more billions of dollars over the next two decades. 

The Biden administration in the coming year is expected to review the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons budgets and modernization strategy. A coalition of progressive anti-war think tanks has urged Biden to make deep cuts in military spending and consider terminating GBSD.

 Richard said he welcomes the Biden review but argued that trying to save money by refurbishing the Minuteman 3 is unreasonable. 

“I don’t understand frankly how someone in a think tank who actually doesn’t have their hands on the missile, looking at the parts, the cables, all the pieces inside” is qualified to make such recommendations, Richard said.  The Minuteman 3 is past the point where it can be modernized, he insisted. “That thing is so old that in some cases the drawings don’t exist any more.” Any drawings that still exist are so old that the people who can understand them are not alive any more, he said.

Richard said he has briefed the Biden transition team but did not provide details. 

Nuclear command and control 

A top priority for U.S. Strategic Command is the modernization of the nation’s nuclear command, control and communications system, known as NC3. The Pentagon in 2018 transferred the responsibility for N3C modernization from the Air Force to Strategic Command.

Richard said the classified NC3 system is decades old but works and is cyber secure. It includes a mix terrestrial and space-based sensors that monitor the globe for threats, and a communications architecture that connects the nation’s decision makers to nuclear forces under any conditions. 

Strategic Command stood up an NC3 Enterprise Center to coordinate modernization efforts. Congress in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act expressed concerns about the cybersecurity of NC3 and directed the Pentagon to report back by October 2021 on the status of the program. 

Source: https://spacenews.com/head-of-u-s-strategic-command-blasts-gbsd-critics-minuteman-3-cannot-be-life-extended/

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ÉireComposites to create satellite optical instrument for ESA

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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ÉireComposites to create satellite optical instrument for ESA

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ÉireComposites has announced an agreement with the Belgian company, OIP Sensor Systems to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

The stray light baffles will prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments; instead, a system with periscope mirrors will be used to align the light. Stray light baffles rely upon highly controlled and precise manufacturing and finishing. ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023 from French Guiana. The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases. This will provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO said: “The ALTIUS satellite will signal a major milestone for Irish participation in space exploration as the three stray light baffles will become the first optical instruments manufactured in Ireland and the largest satellite parts manufactured in this country. This is a massive achievement for the company and I hope this will be the first of many parts we manufacture for space exploration missions.”

“The ALTIUS mission will play a substantial role in how we look at climate change and the impact it has on Earth. The mission will allow for long-term monitoring and scientific study of the protective ozone layer which covers Earth and inform decisions around climate change. I am excited that we will be part of this research and I would like to take the opportunity to commend the team here in Inverin that have contributed to our success in obtaining this contract.”

www.eircomposites.com

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