Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Sacramento Bee: Old spy gear now NASA's windfall

KH-11 imagery satellite? 
"The phone call came like a bolt out of the blue, so to speak, in January 2011. On the other end of the line was someone from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which operates the nation's fleet of spy satellites. They had some spare unused "hardware" to get rid of. Was NASA interested?
And so it was that when John Grunsfeld, the physicist and former astronaut, walked into his office a year later to start his new job as NASA's associate administrator for space science, he discovered that his potential armada was a bit bigger than he knew. Sitting in a clean room in upstate New York were a pair of space telescopes the same size as the famed Hubble Space Telescope, but which had been built to point down at the Earth instead of up at the heavens."
Rightardia suspects the NRO gifts  are obsolete KH-11 imagery satellites. At one time these satellites were super secret, 

The Major suspects the Hubble space telescope had a lot in common with the old recce high flyers. 
The picture is actually of the Hubble space telescope that has been foreshortened to resemble the older and shorter KH-11. 

see Old spy gear now NASA's windfall - Wire Technology - The Sacramento Bee

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