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Originally posted by Realist05
There's been a lot of press lately about Sen. Jay Rockefeller objecting to the price tag of a new generation of spy satellite, with the speculation that it refers to a photo-recon bird called "MISTY" with an inflatable shroud to provide stealth:
I was wondering if this may be a bit of mis-direction.
AWST had a report last month about the cost over-runs the Air Force was facing in developing two different types of satellites, known as SBIRS-High and SBIRS-Low. (SBIRS, pronounced “sibirs,” stands for Space-Based Infrared System.) The SBIRS-High satellites will replace DSP satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Unlike their predecessors, they are three-axis stabilized and their sensors “stare” at the ground continuously rather than sweeping over a specific point every ten seconds, thereby providing much more accurate data. SBIRS-Low satellites, if built, will operate in low Earth orbit and track missiles as they fly above the horizon, offering much more accurate information on their trajectories. Such information is necessary for an effective anti-ballistic missile defence.
Here's a theory I'll throw out to the better-informed ATS readership- Is it possible that they are fielding a real-time capability to target all flying objects giving off heat signitures?
Misty' is the code-name widely attributed to a stealthy imaging satellite launched by the space shuttle Atlantis in 1990. A US patent from Teledyne Industries details a method of suppressing the visibility of satellites by means of an inflatable, reflective ballon, which would be inflated in orbit, and pointed towards the earth to deflect radar, lasers and also to defeat optical searches.