reconnaissance spacecraft

reconnaissance spacecraft

[ri′kän·ə·səns ′spās‚kraft]
(aerospace engineering)
A satellite put into orbit about the earth and containing electronic equipment designed to pick up and transmit back to earth information pertaining to activities such as military.
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In a very real sense, then, O'Sullivan and the other western photographers were to the nineteenth century what satellites are to the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries; ideologically and technologically, today's military and reconnaissance spacecraft are directly descended from the men who once roamed the deserts and mountains photographing blank spots on maps.
Edwards predicts that Europe will launch about 15 military reconnaissance spacecraft and another nine military communications satellites over the next decade.
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