Re: "Stealth" satellites

Lloyd Verhage (
Tue, 9 Jun 1998 16:02:51 CST6CDT

> The Manchester Guardian article on spy sats has this interesting
> paragraph:

What kind of paper is this?  Do they tend to focus on liberal or 
conservative issues?  The reason I ask this is the next statement.

> Since writing his controversial report, says Thomson, its become clear
> that the US has tried
> to hide some of its satellites. Starting in 1990, four satellites have
> disappeared from the
> view of amateur trackers. Thomson suspects that the satellites use
> stealth technology, and
> have been moved to higher orbits.

I don't see how this makes sense.  It seems to me that Thomson has an 
axe to grind.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but once a satellite ias up, 
no one is going up to modify it.  Also, spy satellites work best in 
low orbits where their resolution is best.

Or perhpas the satellites have reentered the atmosphere.  In this 
case I would suspect that Thomson is being less than honest.

These comments set off my baloney detector.
But I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong.

Beinging satellite watcher