This New Military Satellite Will Watch The Ground Like Nothing Else Ever Beforeby THEUNHIVEDMIND, theunhivedmind.com
December 22nd 2011 2:28 AM
Robert Johnson | Dec. 18, 2011, 6:56 AM | 13,177 | 38
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that its plans to pick up Scud missile launches from space in well underway.
The agency responsible for the new technology used by the military awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace for work on its Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation (MOIRE) program.
Graham Warwick from Aviation Week reports MOIRE will park in space over the earth, and once there will unleash a “micron-thin diffractive-optics membrane” to form a 65-foot super-thin lens to watch a wider swath of ground more closely than anything else before.
The membrane-lens will scrutinize an area about 62-miles in diameter; updating its video at about one frame per second, offering a 99 percent likelihood of catching a missile launch.
Each space telescope will cost about $500 million and is being built under a multi-phase program that paid out $36.9 million to Bell in September.
Darpa’s Membrane Optic Imager Real-time Exploitation satellite and membrane lens
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