[FPSPACE] The first ELINT satellites
drew at drewexmachina.com
Tue Sep 30 10:27:18 EDT 2014
When the average person hears the term "spy satellite", they typically
thing of huge and very capable payloads orbiting silently overhead. But
the very first operational spy satellite was actually a very modest
payload that would qualify as a microsatellite by today's standards.
Today's post on Drew Ex Machina covers the history of these first ELINT
spy satellites launched over 50 years ago, under the cover of a science
mission called SOLRAD, whose secret mission was to locate and
characterize the air defense radar systems of the Soviet Union and China.
Andrew J. LePage
Physicist & Writer
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