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American military satellite began work in orbit

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Satellite intelligence will be available even for ordinary soldiers of the US Army. According to the portal janes.com, the American military satellite Kestrel Eye was deployed in Earth orbit and began its work.


The satellites developed under the Kestrel Eye program are relatively small space objects capable of transmitting images of its surface to Earth. Their main advantages are called low weight (50 kg), compact size and low cost (on the order of $ 2 million for a serial sample), as well as the ability to transfer high-quality images to fighters' mobile devices in real time.

American military satellite began work in orbit

Computer model of the satellite Kestrel Eye.


Initially, the launch of the first prototypes of Kestrel Eye was scheduled for 2011 year, but only in August of this year, the SpaceX Dragon rocket sent a prototype microsatellite to the International Space Station. According to Chip Hardy, Kestrel Eye program manager, two ground stations are ready to work with the new satellites. With the help of new equipment, the fighters will be able to conduct satellite reconnaissance directly on the battlefield, without requesting intelligence information from headquarters.

At the moment, the US military is checking the technical capabilities of the satellite and debug it. In the future, it will be accessed by units of the Pacific Command, and after a full launch of the Kestrel Eye program, the combat units of the US Army will be able to receive images from the satellite in real time without the need to request data from the headquarters.

If satellite testing is successful, the US Army will keep about thirty Kestrel Eye in orbit. The service life of the devices is about a year, after which they are planned to be replaced by satellites of the following modifications, reports "Warspot".
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 30 October 2017 10: 26
    +2
    American military satellite began work in orbit
    It would have to hit China. Let them care about the sovereignty of outer space above themselves.
    1. NIKNN
      NIKNN 30 October 2017 11: 03
      +3
      Yes, they can be crammed a lot, and I think there will be more than one specification, it will not only perform the described tasks. Based on modern technologies, consider the generation of satellites ... It’s not for nothing that Roskosmos ordered the development of an “orbiting nuclear power plant” for the purpose of experiments on energy transfer during using a laser beam, read the pumping of a combat laser, otherwise you won’t get enough of such trifles of anti-satellite missiles, and the price of a satellite itself is less than a rocket, but the price of such a satellite that has not been destroyed increases by ten orders of magnitude ... request
    2. stolz
      stolz 30 October 2017 11: 18
      0
      It is very curious how American experts evaluated the work of the Russian RD-180 engines, which brought this enemy satellite into orbit?
      1. Blackmokona
        Blackmokona 30 October 2017 11: 26
        +2
        The launch was on Falcon with American engines Marilyn, a passing cargo on the Dragon when delivering supplies to the ISS.
    3. svp67
      svp67 30 October 2017 11: 27
      +2
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      It would have to hit China. Let them care about the sovereignty of outer space above themselves.

      I beg you .... our "satellite inspectors" are enough for this program to "burn out in the dense layers of the atmosphere ..."
      1. Blackmokona
        Blackmokona 30 October 2017 11: 35
        0
        And how? lol
        1. japs
          japs 30 October 2017 11: 43
          +4
          Elementary, sir ...
          1. svp67
            svp67 30 October 2017 12: 01
            +1
            Quote: japs
            Elementary, sir ...

            EU sir ....
      2. sharp-lad
        sharp-lad 30 October 2017 20: 46
        0
        For them, they order a gas station, plus the whole district can be “refilled” until it is completely cleansed.
  2. himRa
    himRa 30 October 2017 10: 27
    +1
    real-time ability to transfer high-quality images to the mobile devices of fighters.

    One word .... stupid
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 30 October 2017 10: 32
    +2
    ... where will the Meriatos fighters go if the satellite grunts or grunts? .. bully
    1. Jedi
      Jedi 30 October 2017 10: 46
      +8
      hi
      Quote: aszzz888
      ... where will the Meriatos fighters go if the satellite grunts or grunts? .. bully

      How to where? Look for locals to ask for directions. lol
      1. aszzz888
        aszzz888 30 October 2017 10: 50
        +2
        Jedi Today, 10:46
        How to where? Look for locals to ask for directions

        hi ! ... the Susanins haven’t yet transferred to us, we’ll help find the way ... bully
        1. Jedi
          Jedi 30 October 2017 10: 53
          +7
          I think that in any country the Susanins are gathering, who will happily show the "right" path to uninvited American guests. soldier
          1. aszzz888
            aszzz888 30 October 2017 10: 56
            +1
            Jedi Today, 10:53 p.m. ↑
            I think that in any country the Susanins are gathering, who will happily show the "right" path to uninvited American guests.

            .... I have no doubt whatsoever ... good
    2. Gray brother
      Gray brother 30 October 2017 10: 49
      +2
      Quote: aszzz888
      ... where will the Meriatos fighters go if the satellite grunts or grunts? ..

      I don’t know where they will go, but the idea is like a cut. laughing
      The satellites are moving in a low orbit, and it is necessary that the stars converge in such a way that intelligence is needed exactly when the satellite is in the right place.
      A year is very small, if they constantly pour this “pea”, then in the end it will cost them more than full-fledged “long-playing” devices, but you can deal with this garbage almost endlessly - so it seems to cut it.
      Peh. Se
      Forgot about the cost of the booster.
      1. aszzz888
        aszzz888 30 October 2017 10: 52
        0
        Gray brother Today, 10: 49Satellites are moving in a low orbit and it is necessary that the stars converge in such a way that intelligence is needed exactly when the satellite is in the right place.
        A year is very small, if they constantly pour this “pea”, then in the end it will cost them more than full-fledged “long-playing” devices, but you can deal with this garbage almost endlessly - so it seems to cut it.

        ... scratching turnips recourse .
        1. japs
          japs 30 October 2017 11: 49
          +4
          As I understand it, they will hang them in geostationary orbit above the "hot spots".
          One thing they forgot. Russian hackers ... They also do not sleep.
          Personally, I would be interested to gain access to such a "toy" ...
          This is not a quadrocopter with a video camera for you.
          1. Gray brother
            Gray brother 30 October 2017 12: 11
            0
            Quote: japs
            As I understand it, they will hang them in geostationary orbit above the "hot spots".

            They are too small for the geostationary. In addition, it is written that they were tested on the ISS.
      2. himRa
        himRa 30 October 2017 10: 59
        +1
        Quote: Gray Brother
        A year is very small, if they constantly pour this “pea”, then in the end it will cost them more than full-fledged “long-playing” devices, but you can deal with this garbage almost endlessly - so it seems to cut it.
        Peh. Se
        Forgot about the cost of the booster.

        I agree with you ... it seems to me, in addition to cutting, even striped people have the idea of ​​sending poor countries along the wrong track,
        cheapness and the ability to at least somehow get out of the situation .....
      3. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 30 October 2017 11: 10
        +2
        "Forgot about the cost of the launch vehicle." ////

        One booster can launch (or upgrade)
        full orbital constellation of such 50 kg satellites -
        up to several hundred pieces.
        1. Gray brother
          Gray brother 30 October 2017 11: 25
          +1
          Quote: voyaka uh
          One booster can launch (or upgrade)
          full orbital constellation of such 50 kg satellites -
          up to several hundred pieces.

          This does not become a free rocket.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 30 October 2017 11: 44
            +2
            It is becoming. Instead of 10 missiles for conventional satellites - one.
            Comparatively - it's free.
            So - this is an "anti-cut." wink
            1. Gray brother
              Gray brother 30 October 2017 11: 55
              +1
              Quote: voyaka uh
              It is becoming. Instead of 10 missiles for conventional satellites - one.

              Every year, on December 31st, my friends and I go to the bathhouse ...
              The union, which recently brought over 70 devices, threw them into 3 orbits.
              How many orbits the Americans need, I don’t know how many orbits they can make satellites at once launch, I don’t know either, and therefore I can’t say how many launches they will need.
              But you write that one rocket is enough, apparently you possess all this information.
              Share your wisdom.
        2. Blackmokona
          Blackmokona 30 October 2017 11: 27
          0
          And with a passing freight.
          1. Gray brother
            Gray brother 30 October 2017 11: 33
            +1
            Quote: BlackMokona
            And with a passing freight.

            It remains to find travel companions.
            1. IL-18
              IL-18 30 October 2017 11: 44
              +3
              Fellow travelers will be effective managers from Roscosmos with the Union and Proton.
              1. Gray brother
                Gray brother 30 October 2017 11: 46
                0
                Quote: IL-18
                Fellow travelers will be effective managers from Roscosmos with the Union and Proton.

                I do not think that Americans will use them as a payload.
            2. Blackmokona
              Blackmokona 30 October 2017 12: 57
              0
              Along the way with the Dragons freight.
              1. Gray brother
                Gray brother 30 October 2017 13: 01
                0
                Quote: BlackMokona
                Along the way with the Dragons freight.

                That is, they will practically repeat the orbit of the ISS?
                1. Blackmokona
                  Blackmokona 30 October 2017 14: 29
                  0
                  Dragons then come back. You can specify a wide range of orbits.
                  Plus now the orbit of the ISS friend is much more convenient.
                  1. Gray brother
                    Gray brother 30 October 2017 14: 46
                    0
                    Quote: BlackMokona
                    Dragons then come back

                    So what? The satellites are not able to put this satellite into orbit.
                    1. Blackmokona
                      Blackmokona 30 October 2017 14: 52
                      0
                      Taki this satellite brought this canned food, read the news. wink
                      1. Gray brother
                        Gray brother 30 October 2017 15: 56
                        0
                        Quote: BlackMokona
                        Taki this satellite brought this canned food, read the news.

                        It says in Russian letters that the satellite was delivered to the ISS, and not put into orbit.
                    2. Blackmokona
                      Blackmokona 30 October 2017 16: 04
                      0
                      It says in Russian letters that the satellite was delivered to the ISS, and not put into orbit.

                      Is the ISS in orbit for an hour? wassat
        3. Gray brother
          Gray brother 30 October 2017 11: 41
          0
          Quote: voyaka uh
          up to several hundred pieces.

          The Indians have a world record of 104 devices. How many orbits they could breed, interestingly.
          1. slipped
            slipped 30 October 2017 13: 25
            +1
            Poured on one
          2. sharp-lad
            sharp-lad 30 October 2017 21: 02
            +1
            The Indians have 104 microsatellites! A 50 kg. this is clearly not micro.
            1. Gray brother
              Gray brother 30 October 2017 21: 29
              +1
              Quote: sharp-lad
              A 50 kg. this is clearly not micro.

              Microsatellites, according to the bourgeois classification (and maybe according to the international one, I don’t know for sure), are considered devices weighing from 10 to 100 kg.
              1. sharp-lad
                sharp-lad 30 October 2017 22: 53
                0
                Oh! Something on a cosmic scale happened with terminology! wassat Nano satellites have a mass of 1 to 10 kilograms !!! Stunned by such pico-size! So I fully acknowledge my failure in space small dimensions. smile hi
        4. sharp-lad
          sharp-lad 30 October 2017 20: 53
          +1
          So! In a ton, twenty times fifty, on an average carrier by weight about 20 * 15 = 20 pcs. Well no, I will argue! laughing Do not trample such a break under one fairing!
      4. region58
        region58 30 October 2017 22: 54
        0
        Quote: Gray Brother
        it is necessary that the stars converge in such a way that intelligence is needed exactly when the satellite is in the right place.

        It is advisable to disperse the clouds. wink
        Kestrel Eye, - a relatively small space objects that can transmit images of its surface to the Earth.

        They darken something ... It is unlikely that the fighter will have time (and opportunity) to figure out what is in the image. Someone must put tactical information on the picture, otherwise the benefit is dubious.
        Two ground stations are already ready to work with new satellites. With the help of new equipment, fighters will be able to conduct satellite reconnaissance directly on the battlefield, without contacting the headquarters for intelligence.

        That is, all the same, the information is not directly, not through the headquarters, so through these stations ...
  4. Corsair0304
    Corsair0304 30 October 2017 10: 44
    +1
    US Army combat units will be able to receive satellite images in real time without the need for requesting data from headquarters.
    For all my dislike for the country, it’s a * ndsii - the Kestrel Eye program is very good. In any case, the idea is not bad, because it may turn out like with the F-35 - they wanted the best, it came out unclear what.
    Obtaining information about the terrain for a fighter who tramples on the same terrain with his strained legs, hell in real time is very good.
    1. sharp-lad
      sharp-lad 30 October 2017 21: 05
      0
      Unfortunately with the spacecraft they are all right. Voyagers have been working without repair and maintenance for 40 years. crying
  5. Wolka
    Wolka 30 October 2017 10: 58
    +2
    in near space is getting crowded
  6. san4es
    san4es 30 October 2017 11: 18
    +3
    American military satellite Kestrel Eye was deployed in orbit

    August 2017
  7. family tree
    family tree 30 October 2017 11: 24
    +1
    I guess, Google Maps, no? what
  8. Fkjydjckfrgh
    Fkjydjckfrgh 31 October 2017 14: 27
    0
    After that, any "partisan" who captured the Oklahoma prisoner gains access to the advanced achievements of the "miracle of enemy technology"