[FPSPACE] The first ELINT satellites

Andrew LePage 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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