The 235 ft. tall 840 ton Delta IV Heavy carrying the top secret 21 ton National Reconnaissance Office NROL-15 spacecraft roars off Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral on nearly 2.4 million lbs. thrust from its three uprated oxygen/hydrogen RS-68A engines. The U. S. Air Force and NRO especially upgraded these three engines [...]
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket thunders off of Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo Credit: ULA
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 carried what experienced analysts believe is a top secret Satellite Data System (SDS) relay spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit today, after an [...]
Shenzhou 9's Long March 2F arrives at its Jiuquan launch pad in the Gobi desert. Photo Credit: AFP
China’s June 16 launch of the Shenzhou 9 mission on a Long March 2F rocket marks a highly colorful week at the Jiuquan Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
Four meter Atlas V 401 shroud carrying seventh SDS 3 satellite is lifted atop single engine Centaur. Photo Credit: ULA
Details emerging about a secret National Reconnaissance Office Atlas V mission, set for launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday June 18, indicate the payload is most likely a 7,900 lb. Satellite Data System (SDS) [...]
Atlas-V NROL-38 Poster. Credit: United Launch Alliance
United Launch Alliance (ULA) is in the final days of preparing to launch their fifth rocket this year, one which will carry a classified payload into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The mission, designated as NROL-38, is scheduled to launch atop a 19-story tall [...]
Graphic characterizes the off track imaging capability of the NRO KH-11 Reconnaissance spacecraft. Image Credit: Trendsbuzz.com
The design of the legendary National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) KH-11 type digital imaging reconnaissance spacecraft, top secret for 36 years, has been revealed by the NRO’s transfer to NASA of two surplus recon satellite telescopes which NASA now [...]
Quality control technician checks Long March 2F set to launch the Shenzhou 9 astronauts in mid June at the Jiuquan launch site.
China’s aggressive satellite production and launch pace is threatening launch vehicle failures and the malfunction in orbit of important spacecraft, according to a largely classified Defense Dept. report to Congress.
Iranian flag waves at the launch pad where a 72 ft. tall Safir launch vehicle is mounted. Iran has launched three spacecraft since 2009. Photo Credit: FARS
Iran is poised for the imminent launch of a Safir rocket carrying the Defense Ministry’s Fajr imaging satellite to begin tests of increasingly advanced spacecraft to [...]
Artist’s concept of the new NRO imaging radar has large circular synthetic aperture radar antenna to focus energy on targets, and large solar arrays for high power to achieve high resolution. Photo Credit: Charles P. Vick GlobalSecurity.Org
A top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) imaging radar reconnaissance satellite weighing 8 tons, is planned for [...]
China’s first high resolution ZY-1 type digital imaging spacecraft is readied for launch December 22 at Taiyuan launch site. Photo Credit: China National Space Agency (CNSA)
Data from China’s two new “ZY-1” digital imaging spacecraft indicate the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) now has access to color high resolution electro optical satellite imagery.