US Infrared Earth Surveillance Satellite Development Programs

US Infrared Earth Surveillance Satellite Development Programs

United States have made efforts to obtain infrared (IR) imagery of Earth surface for over 60 years. Therefore the development of IR surveillance satellites is best traced using the example of the main US space systems used for Earth surface imagery using IR cameras, in chronological order of their appearance. The beginning of Earth surface…

In Case of War With Russia or China It’s Lights Out for US Satellites

In Case of War With Russia or China It’s Lights Out for US Satellites

“Foreign countries—particularly China and Russia—will continue to expand their space-based reconnaissance, communications, and navigation systems in terms of the numbers of satellites, the breadth of their capability, and the applications for use,” director of national intelligence Dan Coats said in his written testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 6. “Both Russia and…

Beijing launches new high-tech satellite to protect interests in South China Sea dispute

South China Sea © Reuters Published time: 11 Aug, 2016 Beijing has put the contested waters of the South China Sea under ever-closer surveillance, launching a new high-resolution satellite. It will help the country “safeguard its maritime rights and interests,” researchers behind the project say.    “The satellite will play an important role in monitoring…

No Secrets: Russia to Publish Catalog Disclosing US Military Satellites

No Secrets: Russia to Publish Catalog Disclosing US Military Satellites

Russia is planning to release to public its catalog of near-Earth objects, including US military satellites, a Russian official said. Russia will publicly release its own database of Earth orbiting satellites, Viktor Shilin, head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia. © Flickr/ NNSANews/United…