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spy satel·lite

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  1. spy satellitenoun

    a satellite with sensors to detect nuclear explosions


  1. spy satellitenoun

    An artificial space satellite used for reconnaissance or intelligence gathering.


  1. spy satellite

    A spy satellite is a type of reconnaissance satellite deployed by governments and intelligence organizations to collect information, primarily through the use of photography, about activities and conditions in various parts of the world for military or national security purposes. Spy satellites can capture images, intercept communication signals, and monitor different kinds of data such as weather conditions, missile launches, military operations, etc., often from a high-altitude orbit above Earth.


  1. Spy satellite

    A spy satellite is an Earth observation satellite or communications satellite deployed for military or intelligence applications. These are essentially space telescopes that are pointed toward the Earth instead of toward the stars. The first generation type took photographs, then ejected canisters of photographic film, which would descend to earth. Corona capsules were retrieved in mid-air as they floated down on parachutes. Later spacecraft had digital imaging systems and uploaded the images via encrypted radio links. In the United States, most information available is on programs that existed up to 1972. Some information about programs prior to that time is still classified, and a small trickle of information is available on subsequent missions. A few up-to-date reconnaissance satellite images have been declassified on occasion, or leaked, as in the case of KH-11 photographs which were sent to Jane's Defence Weekly in 1985.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spy satellite in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spy satellite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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  • κατασκοπευτικός δορυφόροςGreek
  • satelliittiFinnish
  • kémműholdHungarian
  • spionagesatellietDutch
  • உளவு செயற்கைக்கோள்Tamil

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