View Full Version : Germany, US plan secret spy project?

Magda Hassan
01-04-2011, 02:07 PM
AP, Jan 4, 2011, 07.53am IST

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BERLIN: Germany and the US are planning a $270 million satellite spying program that is causing friction in the European Union (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/European-Union), according to WikiLeaks (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Wikileaks) documents published by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/search?q=Aftenposten) on Monday.

Germany's aerospace center denied this, insisting its plans for a high-resolution optical satellite have purely scientific and security uses. The cables say Germany joined a partnership with the US to create a satellite spying program that was presented as a commercial enterprise.

Ed Jewett
01-04-2011, 06:06 PM
US, Germany developing secret spy satellites: cables (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g_90fjcoJCzXebW61VyzuXzyrd9g) 03 Jan 2011 Germany and the United States are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday. The project, named HiROS, envisions the construction of an undetermined number of high-resolution observation satellites capable of spotting any object on the planet down to a size of just 50 centimetres (about 1.5 feet), according to classified cables from US embassy in Berlin leaked to WikiLeaks and obtained by Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

I thought we already had many satellites and other forms of airborne photo detection whose resolution was far better than that and some of which offered near-real-time linkage.