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Mini-Quiz: Concept Proposal for Strategic Defense Initiative Space Defense System (SDS)

by Ron Kurtus (21 November 2007)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What was the purpose of the surveillance and tracking systems?

To threaten Russian missile sites by observing human activity at night

To use satellite-based sensors to watch for enemy missile launches

To track our satellites and monitor their activity

2. What would the Space Based Interceptor satellites do?

Serve as garages for rocket-propelled projectiles

Propel from submarines to intercept space-based projectiles

Propel smart rocks at other satellites

3. Why were large computers required in the SDS?

Personal computers weren't available in 1988

We knew the Soviets did not have such computers

Data would have to be processed from hundreds of sensors

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in learning from SDI History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Federation of American Scientists articles on Strategic Defense Initiative

History of the Missile Defense Organization - U.S. Department of Defense

SDI History Resources


Secret Weapons of the Cold War: From the H-Bomb to SDI by William Yenne; Berkley (2005) $7.99

US Strategic And Defensive Missile Systems 1950-2004 by Mark A. Berhow, Chris Taylor; Osprey Books (2005) $16.95

Top-rated books on Missle Defense

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