Secret reconnaissance and eavesdropping spacecraft were tapped to aid in the search for three Army soldiers taken prisoner May 12 by Al Qaeda-aligned terrorists in Iraq. The National Reconnaissance Office imaging constellation--four Advanced KH-11s with visible and infrared capabilities and four Lacrosse imaging radar spacecraft--makes a total of 16 passes daily over the Mahmoudiya target area about 20 mi. south of Baghdad. Eavesdropping spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit have been looking ...


You must be a paid subscriber to access "Secret Satellite Systems Aid Search for Soldiers".


Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to for access.


Not currently a subscriber? Click on the "Learn More" button below to view subscription offers.

Already registered? here.