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Rare Images of U.S. LACROSSE Spy Satellites Captured by Russia’s Altay Tracking Facility

In Archive, LACROSSE, NRO, Russia, Space, Surveillance, Technology, USA on April 27, 2015 at 1:44 PM

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04/23/2015

Steven Aftergood/SecrecyNews:

A Russian satellite tracking facility in Siberia has produced rarely-seen photographs of U.S. intelligence satellites.

The U.S. LACROSSE radar satellites (#s 2, 3, 4 & 5) were captured in images generated at Russia’s Altay Optical Laser Center, apparently between 2005 and 2010. A selection of images was compiled and analyzed by Allen Thomson.

“The images contain enough information (range, angular scale) to perform a bit of technical intelligence (i.e., sophomore high school trigonometry) on the radar antenna size, which is a significant parameter affecting capability,” Thomson, a former CIA analyst, told Secrecy News.

While provocative, the intent of the imagery disclosure was obscure, he said.

“Why did the Russians release the images?  The US is highly paranoid about releasing resolved images of spysats, ours or others. The Russian paranoia is at least as great, so how did these images get out? What was the purpose?”

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LACROSSE 1

USA-34 1988-106B
19671
2 December 1988
14:30:34
Space Shuttle Atlantis
(STS-27)
KSC LC-39B N/A 437 km × 447 km × 57.0° 25 March 1997

LACROSSE 2

USA-69 1991-017A
21147
8 March 1991
12:03
Titan IV(403)A VAFB SLC-4E N/A 420 km × 662 km × 68.0° De-orbited 26 March 2011

lacrosse2-altay

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LACROSSE 3

nrol3-lacrosse3-patch

USA-133 1997-064A
25017
24 October 1997
02:32
Titan IV(403)A VAFB SLC-4E NROL-3 666 km × 679 km × 57.0° In orbit

lacrosse3-altay

LACROSSE 4

lacrosse4

LACROSSE 4 under construction (Source: mek.kosmo.cz)

nrol11-lacrosse4-patch-1 nrol11-lacrosse4-patch-2 nrol11-lacrosse4-patch-3

USA-152 2000-047A
26473
17 August 2000
23:45:01
Titan IV(403)B VAFB SLC-4E NROL-11 695 km × 689 km × 68.0° In orbit

lacrosse4-altay

Patch Uncovers Classified Satellites

Lacrosse 4 Online Satellite Tracking

LACROSSE 5

nrol16-lacrosse5-patch-1 nrol16-lacrosse5-patch-2

USA-182 2005-016A
28646
30 April 2005
00:50:00
Titan IV(403)B CCAFS SLC-40 NROL-16 712 km × 718 km × 57.0° In orbit

lacrosse5-altay

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Lacrosse 5 Online Satellite Tracking

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