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  • U.S. Air Force reveals ‘neighborhood watch' spy satellite program

    02/23/2014 8:26:42 AM PST · by shove_it · 10 replies
    Reuters/Drudge ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Irene Klotz
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The United States plans to launch a pair of satellites to keep tabs on spacecraft from other countries orbiting 22,300 miles above the planet, as well as to track space debris, the head of Air Force Space Command said. The previously classified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) will supplement ground-based radars and optical telescopes in tracking thousands of pieces of debris so orbital collisions can be avoided, General William Shelton said at the Air Force Association meeting in Orlando on Friday. He called it a "neighborhood watch program" that will provide a more detailed...
  • Delta 4-Heavy's hush-hush payload found and identified

    01/24/2011 5:54:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/24/2010 | Justin Ray
    The clandestine cargo carried into polar orbit Thursday aboard the first California-launched Delta 4-Heavy rocket was a crucial replacement satellite for the nation's surveillance and security network, amateur sky-watchers say.The sophisticated imaging bird follows a long line of Keyhole-type spacecraft that provide ultra-high resolution imagery for the U.S. intelligence community, according to hobbyists who track orbiting satellites with remarkable precision. Ever since the Delta 4-Heavy rocket fired away from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the amateur observers have been hunting for the new satellite to figure out its identity. The conventional wisdom before the launch said...
  • What Could X-37B Do?

    12/04/2010 12:49:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 12/3/2010 | Colin Clark
    The wonderfully sort-of-secret X-37B is back on terra firma after a long stay in space. Very little information beyond its appearance, dimensions and the fact that the Air Force is deploying it is known about the vehicle, which looks a lot like a mini space shuttle. The vehicle can stay in orbit for at least nine months. As someone who spent five years at Space News — much of that time covering intelligence issues — I’m going to engage in some informed speculation. It could take advanced sensors into space for testing and, probably, allow sensors to operate from the...
  • NATO to offer Russia access to US satellite data (Barf Alert)

    11/14/2010 11:58:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 11/12/2010 | ASDNews
    NATO will offer Russia access to some US military satellite data in exchange for its participation in a missile shield project for continental Europe, a Moscow newspaper reported Friday. The offer will come as part of a broader deal to be extended to Russia at the NATO-Russia Council that immediately follows the 28-member Alliance's November 19-20 summit in Lisbon, Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted a NATO source as saying. NATO officials in Brussels could not immediately confirm the report. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accepted an invitation to attend the talks, which besides long-range missile defences will also focus on NATO's activities...
  • Prototype Hyperspectral Satellite Fast-Tracked to Begin Official Spy Work for Military

    06/13/2010 1:16:23 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 510+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 6/11/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    After a year of tests, a hyperspectral spy satellite is being called into service this weekend as a military reconnaissance tool, the Air Force says. The Tactical Satellite-3, or TacSat-3, uses hyperspectral imaging to identify objects of interest in the ground and supply coordinates for them. Within 10 minutes of passing overhead, laptop-sized ground terminals can mark points of interest for combat troops, as the Register reports. In its 13-month experimental flight, TacSat-3 assisted with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile, and took more than 2,100 photos with its Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer, or ARTEMIS. Everything...
  • U.S. Spy Satellite Program Could Be Undermined By Flagging Demand For Rocket Motors

    04/28/2010 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | 4/22/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
    Butler of Aviation Week & Space Technology reported last week that the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office will be launching new spy satellites over the next two years at the highest rate since the Reagan era. Butler quotes NRO director Bruce Carlson as stating that several "very large, very critical" spacecraft will be sent into orbit by his agency -- presumably systems that collect imagery of surface targets or eavesdrop on the radio-frequency transmissions of potential adversaries. Combined with impending launches of new military-communications and missile-warning satellites, news of the spy-satellite payloads will come as welcome news to the nation's endangered...
  • Spy Agency Charter Lost in Space

    01/25/2010 10:44:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 302+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 1/19/2010 | Colin Clark
    The proposed new charter for the nation’s spy satellite builder, the National Reconnaissance Office, is stuck in the Department of Defense’s general counsel’s office. The lawyers are apparently worried that the new charter may expand the agency’s powers into areas governed by the military services. Information on all this is extremely close hold but we have heard variations on this from two very well informed sources. One phrase in the statement of principles that guides the charter appears to be the issue: “overhead reconnaissance systems.” That is the key phrase in a document, called the statement of principles. It lays...
  • C.I.A. spy satellites to track climate change

    01/05/2010 10:34:57 AM PST · by usalady · 19 replies · 767+ views
    Examiner ^ | January 5, 2010 | Martha
    Top scientists and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency are collaborating in an effort to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change.
  • Secret Space Shuttles

    12/12/2009 11:28:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 58 replies · 3,346+ views
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | 8/01/2009 | By Michael Cassutt
    The giant gold and silver satellite glittered against the black sky as space shuttle Atlantis closed in on it from below. Commander Hoot Gibson and pilot Guy Gardner flew the approach, while mission specialist Mike Mullane, at the other end of the flight deck, readied the shuttle’s robot arm for a capture. Downstairs in the airlock, mission specialists Jerry Ross and Bill Shepherd waited in their spacesuits for Gibson’s order to go outside and attempt a rescue. The mission of STS-27 had been to deploy the first in a series of new spy satellites that used radar to observe ground...
  • Bomber, Space Surveillance Eye Boost

    12/09/2009 10:29:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 363+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/09/2009 | Amy Butler
    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz says that the service’s forthcoming budget request, though pinched by the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will likely include money for a new bomber and a new space surveillance system. The on-again-off-again Next-Generation Bomber (or NGB, also called Long-Range Strike), could re-emerge with the Pentagon’s fiscal 2011 spending request going to Capitol Hill in February, Schwartz said during a luncheon speech last week at the Credit Suisse/Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Finance conference here. Defense Secretary Robert Gates put a hold on the NGB program last spring in...
  • Massive Construction Visible at Iran's Missile & Space Center at Semnan

    12/07/2009 3:39:49 AM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 1,488+ views
    Extensive infrastructure developments are evident in the following satellite imagery, obtained by the Israeli Eros-B satellite. The images are superimposed on an earlier image, available through Google Earth, taken around 2007. Images: Background image, GoogleEarth. Inserts: Imagesat International. Below: The latest image, taken 27 November, 2009 showing the construction progress at the site, with a siezable gantry tower constructed at the launch site, with an associated launch pad, and fully constructed flame bucket diverting the missile's exhaust gases from the hillside. The launch site is linked through separate tubing, to a nearby, sheltered underground facility located at the upper left...
  • NRO To Loft Several Big Satellites by Mid-2011

    11/08/2009 1:49:39 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 474+ views
    Space News ^ | 11/04/2009 | Warren Ferster
    Several high-priority and high-priced satellites crucial to U.S. national security are slated to launch over the next 15 to 18 months, according to Bruce Carlson, director of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). During a keynote address here at the Strategic Space Symposium, Carlson did not provide details of the upcoming missions. Most of the NRO’s satellite programs are classified. Carlson noted the launches to make the point that the NRO continues to perform its mission despite having had its struggles in recent years. But Carlson also said the NRO has suffered a steep decline in its research and development...
  • U.S. Intelligence Official Drops Hint About Next-Gen Spy Sat Capability

    10/21/2009 12:23:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 853+ views
    Space News ^ | 10/20/2009 | Warren Ferster
    A new generation of electro-optical imaging satellites to be built by Lockheed Martin pending congressional approval will have an aperturesize of 2.4 meters, a senior U.S.intelligence official said. James R. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, disclosed the aperture size — or diameter of the satellite’s primary imaging mirror — of the Next-Generation Optical satellite system Oct.19 during a keynote address here at the Geoint 2009 Symposium. Technical details and capabilities of the nation’s spy satellites typically are closely guarded secrets. Aperture size and altitude are the two factors that determine a satellite’s imaging resolution, which is the minimum size...
  • U.S. Losing Space Race

    10/20/2009 12:55:11 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 57 replies · 1,974+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/19/2009 | Colin Clark
    The nation that made it to the Moon in 12 years now struggles to build a satellite in that time and is at risk of losing its preeminence in space. Those words come from one of the top four space intelligence lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, chairman of the House Select technical and tactical intelligence subcommittee, who spoke before an audience of some 1,200 intelligence practitioners and industry at the Geoint annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Ruppersburger noted that 20 years ago the U.S. had 70 percent of the commercial satellite market which is now down to...
  • Eavesdropping craft critical for monitoring terrorists

    01/28/2009 12:48:03 PM PST · by gandalftb · 9 replies · 641+ views
    SPACEFLIGHT NOW ^ | January 17, 2009 | CRAIG COVAULT
    The NRO payload on the Delta 4-Heavy is a 5-to-6 ton eavesdropping spacecraft with a high tech deployable antenna as wide as 350 feet. The spacecraft is to enhance the capability for the U.S. to listen in on communications in hostile governments like Iran and terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda. The satellite is likely an "Advanced Mentor" design. Earlier versions were designated Orion. These spacecraft provide the kind of information the White House, State Dept. and Pentagon need to make military and national foreign policy decisions. It is also likely a "broad spectrum" satellite that can update key frequency information...
  • Video of Spy Satellite Getting Shot Down

    02/21/2008 5:27:51 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 92 replies · 296+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 21 February, 2008 | Gizmodo
    Watch as General Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (and apparently Jack Bauer's older brother) shows how the Aegis missile launches and successfully destroys the rogue spy satellite. [Via Gizmodo]
  • AF General: Spy satellite could hit US ( ... or not.)

    01/29/2008 4:54:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/08 | Lolita C. Baldor - ap
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who heads of U.S. Northern Command, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the size of the satellite suggests that some number of pieces will not burn up as the orbiting vehicle re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and will hit the ground. "We're aware that this satellite is out there," Renuart said. "We're aware it is a fairly substantial size. And we...
  • Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit

    01/26/2008 1:03:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 123 replies · 187+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | January 26, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.
  • Tokyo launches new spy satellite

    02/24/2007 7:53:47 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 2 replies · 379+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, February 24, 2007
    Japan began its satellite programme in 2003 Satellite launch Japan has launched its fourth spy satellite, which will give it the capability to monitor any location around the globe.An H-2A rocket carrying the satellite lifted off from a base in southern Japan at 0441 GMT, officials said. Tokyo began launching spy satellites in 2003, after North Korea fired a missile over Japan's main island in 1998. Japan sees itself as one of the top targets of the Communist state, which last year tested a nuclear bomb. Satoki Kurokawa, a spokesman for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa), said the...
  • China has tried to blind US spy satellites: report

    09/25/2006 1:07:08 AM PDT · by Republicain · 46 replies · 2,430+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 09/25/2006
    China not only has the capability of blinding US spy satellites, but it has tried to do so, a weekly defense publication reported on Friday. Sources told the US-based Defense News that China had "fired high-powered lasers at US spy satellites flying over its territory," but were unable to confirm when and how many times such attacks had taken place, or whether they had been successful. The sources did not explain when the attacks first took place, but said that there had been several attacks over the past few years, Defense News said. "Lasers of sufficient power could blind electro-optical...
  • N. Korean Underground Tunnels, Impregnable Fortresses against Nuclear Attack(Russians involved)

    07/05/2005 6:09:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 48 replies · 2,384+ views
    Segye Ilbo ^ | 07/04/05 | Chang In-soo
    /begin my translation N. Korean Underground Tunnels, Impregnable Fortresses against Nuclear Attack Eludes U.S. spy satellites by painting radar-absorbing materials(on the entrance)Enough food to last for 3 years -- even equipped with oxygen generators  We set up the new section called 'N. Korean File' to provide you with vivid picture of N. Korean society. (Articles in) this section would be based on internal documents from N. Korea or testimony from N. Korean defectors. As its first article, we investigate underground tunnels in N. Korea, based on content from monthly magazine 'N. Korea.' It is first revealed in S. Korea that N. Korea kept U.S. spy satellites from tracking...
  • Russian Military Rocket Crashes After Launch

    06/21/2005 8:03:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies · 535+ views
    Space.com ^ | June 21, 2005 | Tariq Malik
    Russian space officials have called off the search for an unmanned rocket and its military satellite payload that crashed just after liftoff from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Tuesday. Recovery of the communication satellite’s remains, which were strewn across Russia’s Tyumen region of Siberia, will resume Wednesday, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. “The search, involving an An-2 aircraft, lasted about five hours,” a spokesman for Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax, adding that search operations concluded as the plane ran out of fuel. Molniya satellites work in tandem with other spacecraft to provide uninterrupted video and radio signals for military users....
  • Missing: One Russian spy satellite - Advanced 'eye in the sky' lost after descent to Earth

    02/15/2005 6:26:52 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 35 replies · 1,228+ views
    MSNBC (excerpt) ^ | February 15, 2005 | James Oberg
    Excerpt - HOUSTON - On the snowy steppes near Orenburg, southeast of the Ural Mountains in Siberia, teams of military search and rescue experts have spent the last month scanning the ground with metal detectors and probing the snow drifts for suspicious metal objects. Their quest: Russia's most advanced spy satellite, which hasn't been seen since it came down to Earth on Jan. 9. Midwinter cold, short periods of daylight, and blowing snow slowed the teams at every step, and now they appear to have given up. No official announcement of the loss has been made. Observers speculate that's because...
  • Anatomy of a Spy Satellite

    01/03/2005 9:28:35 AM PST · by Paradox · 27 replies · 1,670+ views
    space.com ^ | January 3, 2005 | Leonard David
    For military and intelligence communities, outer space has become a highground, hide-and-seek arena -- a kind of "now you see me, now you don’t" espionage playing field. Over the decades, spying from space has always earned super-secret status. They are the black projects, fulfilling dark tasks and often bankrolled by blank check.However last month, several U.S. senators openly blew the whistle on a mystery spy satellite program, critical of its high cost while calling to question its utility in today’s post-9/11 world.One lawmaker, Jay D. Rockefeller (D-WV), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, openly criticized the program on...
  • French spy satellite put into orbit

    12/19/2004 3:01:29 AM PST · by Champs elysees · 43 replies · 1,483+ views
    The Seatlle times ^ | 19/12/2004 | Associated Press
    French spy satellite put into orbit PARIS — A Ariane rocket roared into space from a pad in French Guyana yesterday, placing into orbit a surveillance satellite expected to give France's military new abilities to spy worldwide. The satellite and six smaller scientific ones were placed into orbit about an hour after liftoff. The Helios 2A military satellite, the rocket's main cargo, is to rotate in sun-synchronous orbit about 435 miles above the Earth. Among expected functions, the satellite is to monitor possible weapons proliferation, prepare and evaluate military operations and digitally map terrain for cruise-missile guidance, the French Defense...
  • French spy satellite launched into orbit

    PARIS, France (AP) -- A European rocket roared into space from a pad in South America on Saturday, placing into orbit a surveillance satellite billed as giving France's military new abilities to spy worldwide. The unmanned craft lifted off smoothly from a launch center in Kourou, French Guiana, at 1:26 p.m. (4:26 p.m. GMT) -- the third and last launch of an Ariane-5 rocket this year, Arianespace said. The satellite and six smaller scientific ones were placed into orbit about an hour after liftoff. It was the first time in 11 years that an Ariane rocket carried as many as...
  • Ariane Rocket Launches French Spy Satellite

    12/19/2004 4:25:13 PM PST · by Brilliant · 16 replies · 377+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Dec 18, 2004 | Laurent Marot
    KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - A European Ariane rocket launched a military surveillance satellite on Saturday, the third in a French-led drive for a European "spy in the sky" independent of the United States. The Ariane-5 rocket blasted off at 1:26 p.m. (1126 EST) from the European Space Agency (ESA) launch site in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. An hour after lift-off, space officials said the Helios 2A satellite separated from the rocket. An additional six microsatellites were also released by the rocket Helios 2A, the first of a new generation of spy satellite launched by...
  • Titan 4 rocket lifts off with top secret spy satellite

    09/08/2003 10:02:08 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 37 replies · 285+ views
    Spaceflightnow.com ^ | 9/9/2003 | Justin Ray
    A Lockheed Martin Titan 4B rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 12:29 a.m. EDT (0429 GMT), carrying a giant reconnaissance satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Follow the rocket's climb to orbit in our mission status center.
  • JAPAN TO LAUNCH FIRST-EVER 'SPY' SATELLITE, TARGETING N. KOREA, AT 8:27 P.M. EASTERN TONIGHT

    03/27/2003 1:52:37 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 46 replies · 296+ views
    This will be pretty big news in Northeast Asia (in the next few hours).This will be the first attempt by Japan to put spy satellites in orbit. They are moving ahead quickly on this because of the threat from misbehaving North Korea.The time will be: 8:27 p.m. Thursday Eastern Time. The launch site for the H-2 rocket is Tanegashima Island in southern Japan. There is heavy security there. (Open source information). No Japanese websites, (that I have noticed), are planning to webcast, although they have webcast other satellite launches in the past.News stories should break on the Web soon after,...