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During the early phases of SDI, the armed satellites were big, "garage" satellite with a plenty of missiles onboard. Later they were replaced by the well known Brilliant Pebbles.
I tried to find a drawing of the "garage" satellites and of the missiles they were armed, but without success.
Anyone can help?
 

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Did you tried "smart rocks" and "Daniel O. Graham" ? That's how the BP were called before Teller and Woods shamelessly stole the idea from Graham in 1986. When Excalibur proved unworkable. And lasers, more generally.
 

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Hi Archibald, thank you for your reply, and sorry for the delay of mine.
Thank you also for your input, I have know some other new things, but still I did not find an image of the "garage satellite". Maybe they are buried inside a redacted document...
 

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Go to about the 14-minute mark of this video:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGupZ5oHSTk

Thank you Blackstar, very interesting!
When I watched your video, at first I had some doubts that the SBI interceptors had that "simple" form (i.e. no solar cells, no antennas), but a couple of days later I found this image in a 1988 document:

SDI weapons.jpg

The SBI is almost at the center of the image; it is a "barrel" with some cylinders around, with the missiles inside them, plus a couple of antennas. So it seems that the SBI in the video is a simplified sketch of the "real" SBI.
The image is taken from the 1988 document "SDI : technology, survivability, and software", page 74, easily available online in pdf format, but some pages were ruined during OCR-ing (I think). A good version is here

SDI: technology, survivability, and software

BTW1, there are three versions of that document in the Hathi Trust Library, in my opnion this is the better scanned.
BTW2, I downloaded that (OCR-ed) version, it is 89 MB. If someone is interested, PM me.
 

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Thank you Blackstar, very interesting!
When I watched your video, at first I had some doubts that the SBI interceptors had that "simple" form (i.e. no solar cells, no antennas), but a couple of days later I found this image in a 1988 document:


The SBI is almost at the center of the image; it is a "barrel" with some cylinders around, with the missiles inside them, plus a couple of antennas. So it seems that the SBI in the video is a simplified sketch of the "real" SBI.
The image is taken from the 1988 document "SDI : technology, survivability, and software", page 74, easily available online in pdf format, but some pages were ruined during OCR-ing (I think). A good version is here

Keep in mind this was only notional. It's like drawing a stick figure to represent a person. Any actual vehicle would have looked different.
 

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Thank you for your warning, Blackstar.
I already took the images in that with a grain of salt; this is why I put "real" within quotation marks. ;)
 

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During the early phases of SDI, the armed satellites were big, "garage" satellite with a plenty of missiles onboard. Later they were replaced by the well known Brilliant Pebbles.
I tried to find a drawing of the "garage" satellites and of the missiles they were armed, but without success.
Anyone can help?
Now we have a more advanced kind of satellites that is called microsatellites. These satellites are so capable as ordinary satellites, but some of the microsatellites are only 45 kg and less than a meter in length. In some time this kind of satellite will replace completely ordinary sats in all spheres.
 

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During the early phases of SDI, the armed satellites were big, "garage" satellite with a plenty of missiles onboard. Later they were replaced by the well known Brilliant Pebbles.
I tried to find a drawing of the "garage" satellites and of the missiles they were armed, but without success.
Anyone can help?
I found the website of the company that manufactures that kind of satellites I had mentioned before.
https://dragonflyaerospace.com/
Those microsats are going to substitute ordinary sats in some time. It`s just a question of time.
 

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Back to topic, please ! And the explicit question was about those big satellites,
not about their diminutive successors !
 

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