U.S. Radar Spy-Sat Launches Into 'Backwards' Orbit | Video

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket lifted the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-45 radar imager into a highly inclined retrograde orbit. Amateur satellite observers believe this to be the Topaz 4 instrument cluster, which can penetrate clouds and darkness to produce military intelligence. The odd orbit may allow the bird to see larger swaths of territory faster. Declassified: The NRO's Abandoned Plans for a Manned Spy Space Station

credit : United Launch Alliance
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