U.S. Air Force Gains Satellite Spotter

By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.com
San Francisco

Into clear, balmy skies, an Orbital Sciences Minotaur IV lifted the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Satellite Surveillance satellite into 335-mi. high orbit inclined 98-deg. from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Saturday night.

Built by Boeing and Ball, SBSS weighs close to 2,200 lb. and features a gimbaled telescope on a Beryllium mount that provides a high degree of agility for its 2.4 megapixel focal ...

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