Raytheon gets lift by downing dying satellite
Shoot-down shows Congress, and rest of the world, that missile system works
By Jack Gillum
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems garnered worldwide attention last week when one of its missiles delivered a knockout punch to a dying U.S. spy satellite.
The successful shoot-down by a Raytheon Standard Missile may not only give the company a boost, but may also tamp down criticism of the controversial U.S. missile-defense program, experts said.
The Standard Missile-3, launched Feb. 20 from a Navy cruiser, flew to more than 150 miles above the Pacific Ocean, striking a fuel tank containing toxic hydrazine on the satellite. The SM-3, which is designed to take out ballistic missiles as part of a sea-based missile-defense system, obliterated the satellite just above the atmosphere.