Raytheon's new super-sensor can scan whole hemisphere from space

Raytheon announced Monday it has finished performance tests on an infrared missile-warning sensor capable of scanning an entire hemisphere from a single space-based telescope.
Raytheon described the new sensor as "first of its kind" and said it included the company's large-format focal-plane arrays. It will have a better capability to "detect and track dimmer objects than sensors in current operation," the company said in a statement.
"This sensor is important to America's missile-warning capability," said Bill Hart, vice president of Raytheon's Space Systems group. "A persistent sensor that can cover the entire earth gives us the detection sensitivity and responsiveness our military forces need for time-critical decisions." FULL ARTICLE HERE