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Space Military Satellite Photos

Discussion in 'Space Flight' started by zeroalpha, Jul 19, 2017.


  1. zeroalpha United Kingdom

    zeroalpha Mi Lance corporal MI.Net Member

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    The first military use of satellites was for reconnaissance.

    In the United States the first formal military satellite programs, Weapon System 117L, was developed in the mid 1950s. Within this program a number of sub-programs were developed including Corona. Satellites within the Corona program carried different code names. The first launches were code named Discoverer. This mission was a series of reconnaissance satellites, designed to enter orbit, take high-resolution photographs and then return the payload to Earth via parachute. Discoverer 1, the first mission, was launched on 28 February 1959

    More info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_satellite

    Photo By National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Public Domain

    An illustration of the recovery maneuver used to capture the CORONA film-return bucket.

    CORONA_film_recovery_maneuvar.jpg
     
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  2. Bombardier

    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    But then we went digital and took all the fun out of it mil-smile04

    Here are more pics of the Corona recovery

    Corona Generations
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    aerial-recovery-of-capsule.jpg
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    This is an image from a US Geological Survey satellite, taken on July 7, 1994 of the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Bremerton, Washington.

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    Thanks @Drone_pilot & @BravoZulu
     

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