U.S. Air Force confirms Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test failure

Obreid

Power Poster
Yes and no, any nuclear launchers must be reliable and ready to go period. Or their deterrent and retaliatory effectiveness is lost.
Does anyone know if they’ve ever upgraded the launching software and hardware on them ever.
last I heard the commands were still running off 5” floppy disk.
 

Obreid

Power Poster
It is possible though you could be right if it came down to a issue with the prep of the launcher after it was moved to Cali for the test. I believe one is moved to edwards or Vandenburg for the test launch.
 

RiffRaff

Deputy Director
Staff member
Yes and no, any nuclear launchers must be reliable and ready to go period. Or their deterrent and retaliatory effectiveness is lost.
Does anyone know if they’ve ever upgraded the launching software and hardware on them ever.
last I heard the commands were still running off 5” floppy disk.
5" would be an upgrade. That would at least get us into 1980s architecture. As of 2019, at least some of the land-based silos were still using 8" floppy disks based on architecture from the 1970s. My understanding is that rather than actually update the hardware, interface cards are being custom designed to adapt those disk controllers to accept USB flash drives.
 
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