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Mitex military spy satellites spy on each other

SPY satellites have a new role: as well as watching us they are now spying on each other. Its an obvious conclusion yet one that the military has been silent on till now.

The Pentagon admitted last week that it is using two covert inspection satellites developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to assess damage to a failed geostationary satellite - something no one suspected the US could do. If such satellites can get that close to a target, they could probably attack it.

The Department of Defense says its Mitex micro-satellites, which were launched in 2006, have been jetting around the geostationary ring and have now jointly inspected DSP 23, which was designed to pinpoint clandestine missile launches and nuclear tests, but which stopped working a year after its November 2007 launch. The micro-satellites are trying to nail the problem.

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Technical details on the new satellites are rare but this link describes some of the thruster systems employed in the spacecraft
 http://www.thespacereview.c...

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By netchicken: posted on 29-1-2009








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