Tag: Government/Top Secret
Russian Space Forces | Soyuz 2.1a | Bars-M No. 4 (Kosmos 25XX)
Bars-M is the second incarnation of the Bars project, which was started in the mid 1990ies to develop a successor for the Komtea class of area surveillance satellites. The original Bars project was halted in the early 2000s. In 2007, TsSKB-Progress was contracted for Bars-M, for which reportedly the Yantar-based service module was replaced by a new developed advanced service module. The Bars-M satellites feature an electro-optical camera system called Karat, which is developed and built by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association (LOMO), and a dual laser altimeter instrument to deliver topographic imagery, stereo images, altimeter data and high-resolution images with a ground resolution around 1 meter.
Russian Space Forces | Soyuz 2.1v | EO MKA-4 (Kosmos 25XX)
Russian reconnaissance satellite of unknown purposes, possibly in the same series as Kosmos 2551, 2555 and 2560.
SpaceX | Falcon 9 Block 5 | SDA Tranche 0
First mission launched by the Space Development Agency for the Tranche 0 Transport Layer.
United Launch Alliance | Delta IV Heavy | NROL-68
Classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.
SpaceX | Falcon 9 Block 5 | SARah 2 & 3
Final two SARah radar remote sensing satellite built by Airbus for the German military.
Firefly Aerospace | Firefly Alpha | FLTA003 (VICTUS NOX)
Third flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher, carrying a payload for the US Department of Defense.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | H-IIA 202 | IGS-Optical 8
The IGS-Optical 8 (Intelligence Gathering Satellite) is a Japanese optical reconnaissance satellite. The satellite is operated by the Cabinet Satellite Information Center. The satellite serves both Japan’s national defense and civil natural disaster monitoring.
United Launch Alliance | Atlas V | USSF-51
Classified payload for the US Space Force.
SpaceX | Falcon 9 Block 5 | SDA Tranche 0 #2
Second mission launched by the Space Development Agency for the Tranche 0 Transport Layer.