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Discoverer II / Joint Vision 2020

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posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 06:13 AM
Although our airborne assets, such as JSTARS, U-2s and UAVs, are expected to do a superb job, we require additional capabilities as a complement to these airborne platforms to ensure U.S. forces attain the dominant battlefield awareness envisioned in Joint Vision 2020.

Essentially, that means providing:

* assured, reconnaissance of areas of interest - - worldwide;

* on-demand near-continuous reconnaissance and surveillance of selected ground and maritime objectives;

* coverage of blind spots, or "shadowed" areas, obscured from view of stand-off airborne platforms;

* rapid acquisition and tracking of mobile, time-critical targets throughout the depth of the theater;

* precise geolocation of objects to support targeting; and

* high-quality terrain mapping.

To that end, Discoverer II's objectives are to demonstrate the feasibility of:

* day/night, all-weather, space-based GMTI search/track, and high-resolution imagery;

* theater dynamic tasking of space-based, or "overhead," GMTI and imagery collection;

* near-real-time, direct downlink to theater; and

* collection of precision digital terrain elevation data (DTED).

Now that Discoverer II is de-commissioned, I wonder what they are working on now? Hmmm...

Mr. M


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