Reconnaissance satellites
A reconnaissance satellite (commonly, although unofficially, referred to as a spy satellite) is an Earth observation satellite or communications satellite deployed for military or intelligence applica...
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Spy satellite
NOVA was given unprecedented access to a restricted Russian space facility for the filming of Astrospies. In this clip never before seen on American TV, wa...
Monitor-E
Monitor-E is the first Russian satellite of a fleet of newly designed, small Earth observing satellites. It was launched August 26, 2005 (local time) from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and placed in a Sun sync...
TacSat-4
TacSat-4 is the fourth in a series of U.S. military experimental reconnaissance and communication satellites. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the program manager. The Office of Naval Research (...
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TecSAR
EL/M-2070 TecSAR, also known as TechSAR, Polaris and Ofek-8, is an Israeli reconnaissance satellite, equipped with synthetic aperture radar developed by Elta Systems. It was successfully launched at 0...
Future Imagery Architecture
Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) was a program to design a new generation of optical and radar imaging US reconnaissance satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). In 2005 NRO director...
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TKS (spacecraft)
The TKS spacecraft (Russian: Транспортный корабль снабжения, Transportnyi Korabl’ Snabzheniia, Transport Supply Spacecraft, GRAU index 11F72) was a Soviet spacecraft conceived in the late 1960s f...
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Information Gathering Satellite
Information Gathering Satellite (情報収集衛星) is a satellite in a Japanese spy satellite program. It was started as a response to the 1998 North Korean missile test over Japan. The satellite program's main...
Resurs-P No.1
Resurs-P No.1 is a Russian commercial Earth observation satellite capable of acquiring high-resolution imagery (resolution up to 0.7 m). The spacecraft will be operated by Roscosmos as a replacement o...
Vortex (satellite)
Vortex, previously known as Chalet, was a class of spy satellite operated by the United States during the 1980s and 1990s to collect signals intelligence (SIGINT) from high Earth orbit. The Vortex sa...
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USA-247
USA-247, also known as NRO Launch 39 or NROL-39, is an American reconnaissance satellite, operated by the National Reconnaissance Office. The USA-247 launch received a relatively high level of press ...
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Space Based Space Surveillance
The Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system is a planned constellation of satellites and supporting ground infrastructure that will improve the ability of the United States Department of Defense ...
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Hélios 1B
The Hélios 1B was a French military photo-reconnaissance satellite in which Italy and Spain also participated. It was launched from the Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana on 3 December 1999 at 16:22:0...
Almaz
The Almaz (Russian: Алмаз, "Diamond") program was a highly secretive Soviet military space station program, begun in the early 1960s.Three crewed military reconnaissance stations were launched bet...
SkyGrabber
SkyGrabber is software which accepts input from a digital satellite tuner card for hard drive recording.It was used by Iraqi insurgents from the group Kata'ib Hezbollah to intercept MQ-1 Predator dron...
Yantar (satellite)
Yantar (Russian: Янтарь meaning amber) is a series of Russian (previously Soviet) reconnaissance satellites, which supplemented and eventually replaced the Zenit spacecraft. Kosmos 2175, a Yantar-...
Yaogan
Yaogan (in full Yaogan Weixing (遥感卫星), "Remote Sensing Satellite"; sometimes written YaoGan) refers to a series of Chinese reconnaissance satellites launched in the early 21st century.Chinese media de...
Orion (satellite)
Orion, also known as Mentor or Advanced Orion, is a class of United States spy satellites that collect signals intelligence (SIGINT) from space. Operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) a...
TacSat-5
TacSat-5 is a planned fifth satellite in a series of U.S. military reconnaissance satellites. The project will be managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory in cooperation with the Operationally Res...
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USA-241
USA-241, also known as SBIRS-GEO 2, is an American military satellite and part of the Space-Based Infrared System. It was launched on March 19, 2013 from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas V rocket.The SBIR...
Kosmos 10
Kosmos 10 (Russian: Космос 10 meaning Cosmos 10), also known as Zenit-2 #5, was a Soviet reconnaissance satellite launched in 1962. It was the tenth satellite to be designated under the Kosmos sys...
Zircon (satellite)
Zircon was the codename for a British signals intelligence satellite, intended to be launched in 1988, before being cancelled.
During the Cold War, Britain's GCHQ often used America's National Sec...