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The number of objects in the space environment increased by 195 in 2005, bringingthe total number of identified trackable objects in space to 9,428; 24 civil spacecraft were launched and budgets increased everywhere except in Japan. The United States continued to be the single largest commercial space client, with 60% of the commercial satellite sector. There were significant cutbacks to a number of US military space programmes in addition to the cancellation of the US Near Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE) Kill Vehicle test, although the United States successfully tested its CPS "pseudolite".

A cooperative monitoring process referred to as "3D" (Declare, Do, Demonstrate) could be a suitable practice to apply to pre-launch CBMs. A 3D process would consist of three steps: declare what you will do, do what you had declared, and demonstrate that you did what you had declared. Such cooperative monitoring, which places the onus on compliance demonstration, could be less adversarial than challenge inspections or invitations to observers. lnfrasound technology could well be an applicable technology-it is possible to detect Space Shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center from a distance of 1,200km.

Among many projects, two have received particular attention in the past. The Air Launched Miniature Vehicle was a US Air Force project consisting of a rocket launched from an F-15 plane and equipped with a heat-seeking "Miniature Homing Vehicle". It was cancelled in 1988. The KEASAT programme was an Army-operated ground-based system targeting LEO satellites. It was apparently cancelled by the Clinton Administration in 1997. For a few years, Congress reinstated the budget line for KEASAT in spite of the Pentagon's disinterest.

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