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.
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.
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.