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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The presence of space assets such as reconnaissance and surveillance satellites influences and will increasingly influence actors who seek to conceal certain activities.
The computers receive their information from a vast network of warning and surveillance satellites. The communications system in the mountain connects with various military bases throughout the world, to Canadian military headquarters in Ottawa, and to the Pentagon and White House.
Surveillance satellites have also intercepted secret messages from bin Laden telling his fanatics to launch further attacks in the US.
These platforms provided a low-cost gap-filler to existing surveillance satellites, and improved the timeliness of data delivery due to faster revisit rates and all-weather capabilities.
Working closely with the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency, TRW built secret surveillance satellites and helped the CIA manage its communications with spies around the world.
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.
* Several nations are hoping to join the U.S., Russia, France, and China in owning their own surveillance satellites. Israel, Japan, and India are three recent examples.
The joint Oceansat3-Argos mission, scheduled for launch in 2019, and the French-Indian Trishna thermal infrared observation satellite are under preparation, as well as a study to jointly develop a constellation of maritime surveillance satellites.
The United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched two military space surveillance satellites into orbit early Friday. The rocket came to life at 12:52 a.m.
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.

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