Want Something to Remember GMD Test FTG-07 By? You Can Get it Here. (July 8, 2013)

 

FTG07Patch

Did you know the Missile Defense Agency has a store?  I didn’t until a few minutes ago.  But here it is: http://missile.bigcartel.com/

I have no idea if this is in any way an official site (from the URL, maybe not).  But where else can you get your MDA mission shirts and patches?

For example, you can get your patch (pictured above) for last Friday’s FTG-07 test of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.  Unfortunately, they only come in packs of 50 for $400.  (However, they probably will not sell out any time soon)

On the other hand, you can get a patch from the somewhat more successful FTI-01 test of last year for only $1 (pictured below).

FTI01Patch

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  1. Allen Thomson

     /  July 8, 2013

    I wonder if the cone is supposed to represent a replica decoy. If so, wouldn’t that be the first time a GMD test has included one?

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  2. Allen,
    I assume that cone is supposed to represent the RV target. As far as I know, a replica decoy has never been used in an intercept test. It would be really surprising (to me) if they would use one in this test, given that they haven’t successfully tested the operational GMD against non-replica decoys yet, and the fairly high stakes involved in this test.

    What is very interesting (to me) is that, now that I look at the logo more closely, is that it shows that STSS would be particpating in this test.. As far as I know, MDA has not otherwise publicly said that STSS would be involved. It was not used in the two prevous tests. I will likely do a separate post on this later today or tomorrow.

    George

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