Spacecraft and Tactical Propulsion Technology (U)
(U) The Tactical and Spacecraft Propulsion Technology Thrust addresses situational awareness, strategic agility, and lethality as tenants needing technological innovations to enhance the U.S.' ability to exert its presence around the world. The following subject areas have been identified as critical deficiencies within this Thrust:
1. (U) Missile offense, air to surface, and counterair;
2. (U) Conventional deterrence;
3. (U) Reconnaissance and surveillance;
4. (U) Counterspace and missile warning;
5. (U) Missile defense;
6. (U) Non-Space (fast reaction tactical missiles, improved time to target, increased range, lower cost, environmental compliance);
7. (U) Satellite (stationkeeping/maneuvering);
8. (U) Weather; and
9. (U) Navigation
(U) The propulsion needs identified above will be fulfilled by achieving the goals set forth in the Integrated High Payoff Rocket Propulsion Technology (IHPRPT) initiative. IHPRPT's vision is to double today's solid rocket propulsion capability by year 2010 through the development of advanced, innovative rocket propulsion technology.
(U) By year 2000, IHPRPT goals are to: increase either warhead payload or range by10 percent, and reduce the number of theater missile defense systems needed to cover an area by 26% for divert (steering control) propulsion systems.
(U) By year 2000, the satellite propulsion systems goals are to: extend their life in geosynchronous orbit (GEO) by 25 percent, double repositioning capabilities (number of repositioning maneuvers), or increase allowable satellite mass by10 percent with present life span capabilities.
(U) By year 2010, the satellite propulsion systems goals are to: extend their life in GEO orbits by 45 percent, increase repositioning capability by 5 times, or increase allowable satellite mass by 30 percent with present life span capabilities.
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Date Of Information (U):
(U) 21 November 1997
(U) Road Map Production Date: 12 July 1999