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This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before
TBI ^ | 12-18-2011 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 12/18/2011 8:07:43 AM PST by blam

This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Before

Robert Johnson
Dec. 18, 2011, 6:56 AM

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that its plans to pick up Scud missile launches from space in well underway.

The agency responsible for the new technology used by the military awarded a contract to Bell Aerospace for work on its Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program.

Graham Warwick from Aviation Week reports MOIRE will park in space over the earth, and once there will unleash a "micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane" to form a 65-foot super-thin lens to watch a wider swath of ground more closely than anything else before.

The membrane-lens will scrutinize an area about 62-miles in diameter; updating its video at about one frame per second, offering a 99 percent likelihood of catching a missile launch.

Each space telescope will cost about $500 million and is being built under a multi-phase program that paid out $36.9 million to Bell in September.

Image: DARPA

Darpa's Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation satellite and membrane lens

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: darpa; defense; military; satellite
I worry that space junk will damage the membrane.(?)
1 posted on 12/18/2011 8:07:45 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

It stamps out crop circles, too.


2 posted on 12/18/2011 8:13:28 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: blam

Is it Iranian proof?


3 posted on 12/18/2011 8:15:29 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: blam

“...a “micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane” to form a 65-foot super-thin lens...”

At a glance, it seems kind of fragile both in terms of resisting space junk (as well as anything purposely put in its path) and in holding its shape.


4 posted on 12/18/2011 8:16:47 AM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: blam

If you watch the ground, you don’t trip as much.


5 posted on 12/18/2011 8:26:15 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blam

Will a laser aimed at the lens fry the components?


6 posted on 12/18/2011 8:28:32 AM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: blam

62 mile diameter, so the rest of the planet goes unwatched?

This is DARPA looking to spend money.


7 posted on 12/18/2011 8:30:24 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: blam

There`s a whole bunch of stained-glass windows full of HALOS in our church-
NASA coulda had it for free


8 posted on 12/18/2011 8:32:00 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: blam
“micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane”

Is this a kind of Fresnel lens?

9 posted on 12/18/2011 8:33:46 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CodeToad

That’s over 3000 square miles. And it moves...


10 posted on 12/18/2011 8:38:26 AM PST by Flightdeck (If you hear me yell "Eject, Eject, Eject!" the last two will be echos...)
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To: Dallas59

Is it Iranian proof?

Can we modify it so we can zap Iran,Syria,or “palistine” undetected with it?


11 posted on 12/18/2011 8:40:58 AM PST by Leep
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To: blam

Does it flush water like that stargate thing?


12 posted on 12/18/2011 8:41:31 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Flightdeck

So? It is designed to detect missile launches so it would need to be overhead when the missile launched. Do the math. What are the odds the missile launches when it is overhead?


13 posted on 12/18/2011 8:48:35 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: blam

Landing in Iran intact soon ...


14 posted on 12/18/2011 8:51:04 AM PST by EternalVigilance (With God Obama can't hurt us. Without God, George Washington couldn't save us.)
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To: blam

The Helion - Judas Priest

Up here in space
I’m looking down on you.
My lasers trace
Everything you do.
You think you’ve private lives
Think nothing of the kind.
There is no true escape

I’m watching all the time.
I’m made of metal
My circuits gleam.
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean.

I’m elected electric spy
I protected electric eye.
Always in focus
You can’t feel my stare.
I zoom into you
You don’t know I’m there.
I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove.

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
‘s nothing you can do about it.
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows.
Protected. Detective. Electric eye.


15 posted on 12/18/2011 8:51:22 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: blam

And who is it watching? Iran? Israel? NYC? DC? Dolphins?


16 posted on 12/18/2011 8:52:36 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: blam
"Each space telescope" . . . . .

I wonder how many of these things they plan to watch us with.

17 posted on 12/18/2011 8:56:14 AM PST by willgolfforfood
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To: theDentist
"And who is it watching?"

SCUD missile owners. And right-wing model rocketeers....

18 posted on 12/18/2011 8:57:31 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: dfwgator

\m/


19 posted on 12/18/2011 9:03:12 AM PST by daku
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To: Paladin2
It would be better to ask if it's China proof since they have already shown they can target and destroy a satellite in orbit.
20 posted on 12/18/2011 9:04:19 AM PST by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: theDentist
And who is it watching? Iran? Israel? NYC? DC? Dolphins?>
Rumor has it it is currently moving into position over Denver this morning...


21 posted on 12/18/2011 9:10:39 AM PST by frankenMonkey (Attention Presidential Candidates: This Space For Rent. Inquire Within.)
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To: Leep
Can we modify it so we can zap Iran,Syria,or “palistine” undetected with it?

No, but that's what these are for.

22 posted on 12/18/2011 9:14:39 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Flightdeck
Cool. 3000 m^2 of coverage to protect the U.S. from Iranian IRBM's.

Wow, I'm happy now. I was real worried about an Iranian strike on South Texas. Might upset the millions of illegal aliens living there, and we wouldn't want them to be unhappy, now would we?

23 posted on 12/18/2011 9:15:27 AM PST by Regulator (Watch Out! Americans are on the March! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: blam

The eyes in the sky never blink.


24 posted on 12/18/2011 9:20:12 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: CrazyIvan
"Is this a kind of Fresnel lens?"

That's my thought too.

25 posted on 12/18/2011 9:32:07 AM PST by blam
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To: CodeToad

There has to be something more to it. We had satellites 30+ years ago that could read the logo on a bottle cap. I’ve always thought they would come up with a way to bend light waves via color bands? and radio signals?, so a satellite could beam down to ground and at eye level, look at objects horizontally not just vertically.
Does seem like an awful fragile array though... one speck of space debris and ..poof!? How I wish I were back as a fly on the wall in the Intel community...Having been there at one time, I know there are some mind blowing things going.


26 posted on 12/18/2011 9:32:11 AM PST by Rainwave (Growing more curmudgeony by the hour)
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To: Rainwave
There has to be something more to it. We had satellites 30+ years ago that could read the logo on a bottle cap.

Yes, you could take a picture of a parking lot and read the logo of a bottle cap within that parking lot. But could you view all of Delaware at once, and notice if somebody set off a skyrocket anywhere in the state?

It's called field of view (the size of the area you can observe in one glance) and it's as important as resolution.

Visualize this on stakeout over Gaza, and able to direct an immediate ZOT to a Hamas rocket launch within the same second of the launch. (Of course, the Palis would just stick the rocket launch site on top of some disfavored person's house, set a timer, and be far away when it launches.

27 posted on 12/18/2011 9:56:02 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: blam

Proper orbit and mission design is the key.
It’s fun to see an old conversation in the hallway finally start to maybe work


28 posted on 12/18/2011 9:59:29 AM PST by gfbtbb (The answer to your question will not be found here.)
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To: Rainwave

I haven’t read further, but the mention of SCUD launches is a clue.

A mobile missile launcher survives retaliation by shooting, then quickly relocating the mobile launch pad.

Using this satellite as part of an integrated weapons system, we could obliterate the launcher within seconds after a launch. No time for the launcher to move.

One and done.


29 posted on 12/18/2011 10:00:08 AM PST by Stalwart
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To: blam

It is far more important to have a shoot down capability than an observational capability, but it’s best to have both.

In this case, if a SCUD launch is anticipated, and the launch itself is observed, it should be possible for a high performance aircraft to shoot down the SCUD with a modified air-to-air missile. As importantly, it is a LOT cheaper to do things that way, and there are a LOT of air-to-air missiles, compared to surface to air anti-missiles.


30 posted on 12/18/2011 10:28:09 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: PapaBear3625

“But could you view all of Delaware at once, and notice if somebody set off a skyrocket anywhere in the state?”

I sure hope not or my use of “illegal fireworks” will come to an end here soon in our uber criminalize everything state.


31 posted on 12/18/2011 10:34:08 AM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: blam

sprayed by the material on Monica’s cocktail dress


32 posted on 12/18/2011 10:42:50 AM PST by STD (Cut Taxes, Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: unkus

Just wait til we have a REAL WAR then our enemies will knock down these fancy satellites in the first minutes of the conflict. They are as vulnerable as our carriers.


33 posted on 12/18/2011 1:17:00 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: blam; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

It would be so much cheaper and easier just to nudge a rain of small asteroids targeted to all the Moslem and Commie areas, and be done with ‘em. And, it would look like a natural event. Thanks blam.


34 posted on 12/18/2011 4:14:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: blam

“I worry that space junk will damage the membrane.(?) “

Either than or the Chicoms.


35 posted on 12/18/2011 4:46:09 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: SunkenCiv

What could be more natural than to wipe out those groups by any means necessary?

What is unnatural is our unwillingness to do that.


36 posted on 12/18/2011 5:24:02 PM PST by bigheadfred (MERRY CHRISTMAS)
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