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Missile Defense Alarm: The Genesis of Space-Based Infrared Early Warning   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Preface: "Written over ten years ago, this history of the Missile Defense Alarm System, or MIDAS as the program generally was known, remained classified and for the most part confined to a file drawer. [...] This history encompasses the origin and early years of space-based infrared (IR) sensors employed to detect the launch of ballistic missiles and, in time, the flash of ordnance detonated on Earth and in the atmosphere. It addresses the people, institutions, ideas, and machines brought to the task and their relationship to each other over a twelve-year period at the height of the Cold War, between 1955 and 1967."

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1988-07
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Public Domain
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National Reconnaissance Office: https://www.nro.gov/
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