Reagan Test Site Role Highlighted at Space and Missile Defense Symposium

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass The annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium took place last week in Huntsville, Alabama, hosting thousands of service members and professionals working in the fields of space, missile defense and cybersecurity. Held Aug. 7-9 at the Von Braun Center in “Rocket City,” the conference featured…

On the Island of “the Forgotten,” ARPA Planted a Seed Called TRADEX

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass The roots to Roi-Namur’s critical role in American military radar applications lie with TRADEX. Here’s the story. In the late 1950s, the Navy was ready to begin mothballing the naval base at Kwajalein. The last round of nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, Hardtack…

SMDC Tech Center Director Discusses Exciting Future on the Range

Jordan Vinson, for U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command U.S. ARMY GARRISON KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Republic of the Marshall Islands — In a brief address and question-and-answer session last month, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command’s Technical Center director highlighted a host of recent Reagan Test Site mission…

NASA, Physicists, Students Launch Spectrographs From Reagan Test Site

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and astronomers, physicists and students from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder joined forces to launch a pair of custom-built spectrograph telescope payloads into the thermosphere from Roi-Namur earlier this month. The Penn State team’s Water Recovery X-Ray Rocket…

Global Strike Command Launches Threat Cloud at Reagan Test Site

Feb. 11, 2017 Kwajalein Hourglass The Air Force Global Strike Command lobbed up a cluster of mock warheads aboard a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday night. Completing its 4,200-mile journey from the mid-California coast in roughly 30 minutes, the ICBM’s payload bowled into the atmosphere east of Kwajalein Atoll shortly after 8 p.m., deploying…

Keeping the Radars Humming

Feb. 4, 2017 Kwajalein Hourglass When a foreign nation launches a satellite into orbit, the Department of Defense puts eyes on it quickly, turning to the historic nest of radars at the Kiernan Re-entry Measurement System Site on Roi-Namur. In such a scenario, ALTAIR—a heavy hitter in U.S. space surveillance missions—pivots and tilts in a…

SMDC Commander Briefs Kwajalein Community

Jordan Vinson, for the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll’s Kwajalein Hourglass Lt. Gen. James Dickinson, the newly appointed command­ing general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Com­mand, made his first visit to the Reagan Test Site on U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll this week. It was an opportunity for the former U.S. Strategic Command chief…