surveillance satellite


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surveillance satellite

[sər′vā·ləns ‚sad·əl‚īt]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite whose function is to make systematic observations of the earth, usually by photographic means, for military intelligence or for other purposes.
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From the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, where photographic evidence of nuclear armaments were provided from U2 spy planes, to our surveillance satellites of today where reading license plates from space is possible, high-resolution space photos are becoming more and more accessible to the common person.
TRW is working on similar systems, using the technology developed by its space division which makes surveillance satellites for the US military.
Russia, France, and China in owning their own surveillance satellites.
Beryllium is a strategic material and has no viable substitute in a number of DOD and Department of Energy applications ranging from weapons systems and missile defense to surveillance satellites and jet fighter optical targeting devices.
I had always wondered how IS had managed to travel through the desert in two-mile-long convoys in daylight while the US has countless drones and surveillance satellites which can supposedly read a number-plate from space.
The role of the U-2 is increasingly performed by alternative platforms, such as surveillance satellites, unmanned reconnaissance drones and conventional aircraft.
Without an immediate threat to its territory, Japan had little need for military surveillance satellites.
Of particular interest to potential purchasers, including India, the surveillance satellites are specifically designed to identify small units of militant infiltrators, while retaining the capability of being re-programmed to cover large areas such as those in western Iraq; from which most of Saddam Hussein's Al Samoud (100 mile range) and Al Hussein (400 mile range) missiles are likely to be fired.
supports Japan's indigenous surveillance satellites program, and will continue to share intelligence information with Japan.
North Korea accused Japan on Tuesday for its plan to launch four surveillance satellites, calling it a ''military threat'' to the country.
From that point on, it's a high-tech race involving surveillance satellites, assault helicopters, pinpoint radiation detectors and the next generation of Nike running shoes, but no more of Devoe or Kelly's sketchy personalities save for a grim, shared determination.
One of them was a radar-equipped unit to complete a system of surveillance satellites that will allow Tokyo to monitor any place in the world at least once a day, AFP reported.

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