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Tiny satellites from Silicon Valley may help track North Korea missiles

American intel analysts detected indications of an impending launch days before the missile firing

David E Sanger William J Broad | NYT 

For years before North Korea fired its first intercontinental ballistic missile this week, the Pentagon and intelligence experts had sounded a warning: Not only was the North making progress quickly, spy satellite coverage was so spotty that the United States might not see a missile being prepared for launch. That set off an urgent but quiet search for ways to improve America’s early-warning ability — and the capability to strike missiles while they are on the launchpad. The most intriguing solutions have come from Silicon Valley, where the Obama administration began ...

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First Published: Fri, July 07 2017. 10:34 IST