Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 3: Space Vehicles
LS-6
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LS-6 BSTS

In the mid-1990's the United States hoped to establish the Boost Surveillance Tracking System (BSTS) series to monitor the launching of enemy missiles as well as cue the weapons deployed against such a threat. These satellites, to be designated as LS-6A, were to be equipped with a large telescope with a wide field of view infra-red mosaic sensor as well as a narrow field of view camera and some secondary instruments. Unlike the IMEWS series of satellites (refer LS-3), which operated from geostationary orbits, the BSTS series would also cover the polar regions. It is understood that Rockwell and Grumman undertook initial studies.

The changing political climate as well as the escalating costs, caused the cancellation of this series of satellites.


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