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Italian Spy satellites

Discussion in 'Space Technology' started by JFoulke, Sep 8, 2018.

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  1. JFoulke

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    Here the new and old aerospace reconnaissance and patrol assets available to the Italian Armed Forces.
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    The OPTSAT 3000 is an Optical reconnaissance Satellite launched in 2017 and has an expected lifetime of 7 years and was built by Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%).
    The COSMO-SkyMed (Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin observation) it's composed COSMO 1 and 2 launched in 2007, COSMO 3 launched in 2008 and COSMO 4 launched 2010 with an expected lifetime of 5 years but at the beginning of 2018 the constellation was still operating at the quality requested.
    The COSMO is a Radar reconnaissance class of satellites that was built by companies of the Finmeccanica group, such as Telespazio, responsible for the development of the ground segment and management in orbit, Galileo Avionica and Laben for the technologically advanced parts of the platform and radar.
    The COSMO-SkyMed second generation is a constellation that for now is composed of 2 satellites, the first one launched in 2018 and the second one will be launched in 2019.
    The COSMO-SkyMed second generation is a Radar reconnaissance class of satellites.