Milstar satellite launched in first space shot of 2002
The U.S. military on Tuesday launched the final link that will form a "golden ring" of communications satellites around Earth, providing ultra-secure, jam-resistant transmissions for troops and government leaders virtually anywhere on the planet.
The fifth Military Strategic and Tactical Relay satellite, dubbed Milstar 5, roared into space atop a $453 million Titan 4B rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
SOURCE: Spaceflight Now
March 30, 2005
Titan IVB-30 ended the 46-year-long Titan program at Cape Canaveral, Florida with a successful launch from Pad 40 on April 30, 2005 (00:50 GMT). The vehicle boosted a secret NRO payload (NRO L-16) into a high-inclination low earth orbit. Observers tracked the satellite in a 57 degree inclination orbit that is consistent with a Lacrosse-type radar imaging mission.
A mission patch sporting the name "Prometheus" has been associated with the flight.
11 July 2007
Russian Telescope Images Top-Secret NRO Lacrosse
Top-secret U.S. space-based radar imaged by Russian telescope
Printed headline: Lacrosse Revealed
After 20 years of secrecy, the overall design of the 15-ton U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Lacrosse space-based radar and its remarkable 25-ft.-dia. imaging radar antenna are revealed in images of Lacrosse-2 at 400 mi. altitude taken by a Russian military ground-based telescope.
The images (above) were taken by a 28-channel adaptive optical system at the Russian Altay Laser/Optical Center. The site is one of several operated by the Science Research Institute for Precision Instrument Engineering. The line-of-sight distance from the Russian optics to the Lockheed Martin Lacrosse was more than 500 mi.
Views taken by a Russian ground-based telescope of a 15-ton NRO Lacrosse space-based imaging radar satellite reveal its secret 25-ft. mesh synthetic aperture radar antenna, developed by Harris Corp. near Cape Canaveral.Credit: RUSSIAN SCIENCE RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR PRECISION INSTRUMENT ENGINEERING
Lacrosse 5 was launched April 30 carried aloft by its Titan IV B-30 rocket.
Although a classified mission , the rocket and payload were soon spotted by the satellite community and thanks to Ted Molczan and fellow members of the SeeSat-L list, visual tracking data was compiled. On May 4 , Lacrosse 5 carried out a manoeuvre to lift its orbit. Shortly afterwards as both rocket and satellite passed over the UK , the following images were obtained: See Here
Single frames , re-sized by 300% reveal the following......
On the evening of January 22 2007 Lacrosse 5 made a
69 deg sunlit pass over the UK. The [images] below are made up of
two frames captured at a magnification of about 500X. The images have been
processed as follows:
Last August I also imaged a 57 deg pass by Lacrosse
5. The results have not been released until now.
Latest images of Lacrosse 5
On the evening of April 1 2007 Lacrosse 5 made a high
elevation pass ( 83 degs 22:31:28 BST) through clear and stable skies.
Transparency was good and I was lucky enough to be able to follow most
of the pass through the telescope viewfinder. At an elevation of about
65 degs the spacecraft increased suddenly in brightness , then disappeared
for 20-30 seconds , before re-appearing , slightly dimmer.
The animation below shows the satellite in approach (first two frames) then moving away ( final frame ) after coming back into view. Range to target approx 730km at closest point.
This is the first time I have managed to image the
satellite before and after "disappearance" .
Work and Images by John Locker... See more at his website;
|FAIR USE NOTICE: This page contains copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Pegasus Research Consortium distributes this material without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 U.S.C § 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.|
Webpages © 2001-2016
Blue Knight Productions