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Program: Lacrosse


Also called Indigo

American military reconnaissance program

Equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar which provides 1 m resolution data. Lifetime = 5 years, 14 tons, built by Lockheed Martin. Solar panel are believed to measure amost 50 m, which could provide 10 to 20 kW power.

Can take pictures as much as 1000 km off of the ground track. The great advantage of those satellites over the KH imaging satellites is that it can view through clouds. The system probably uses high and low resolution modes and transmits large amount of data for computer processing on the ground. It probably downlinks via TDRS

External resources


http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/imint/lacrosse.htm

http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/imint/indigo.htm

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