"The United States started to use bureaucratic stealth when it first began the Corona reconnaissance program in the late 1950s.
The very existence of the project was a secret and for several years the U. Air Force told the public that it was simply testing engineering equipment, not launching actual reconnaissance satellites," the source, who did not wish to be identified, noted.
In addition, for a good part of the 1960s, the people looking at satellite photographs found no indications that the Soviets were actually trying to hide their activities," the source explained.
"If the Russians had realized just how much American satellites could see, they would have taken more care to hide from them.
They are the black projects, fulfilling dark tasks and often bankrolled by blank check. Meanwhile, the swirl of secrecy seems to be revolving around a top secret "stealthy" satellite project, codenamed MISTY. stealth satellite program at issue was first spotlighted publicly by Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, D. The MISTY effort was broached in Richelson's first-rate book on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), , published in 2002 by Westview Press in Boulder, Colorado.
Play MISTY for me First, there's a little unclassified history. Richelson described the launching of the stealth imaging satellite via space shuttle Atlantis in 1990.
Richelson explained that a spacecraft explosion "may have been a tactic to deceive those monitoring the satellite or may have been the result of the jettisoning of operational debris." Whatever the case -- and to the chagrin of spysat operators -- a network of civilian space sleuths had been monitoring a set of MISTY maneuvers and the explosion, ostensibly part of a "disappearing act" meant to disguise its true whereabouts. Patent 5,345,238, issued to Teledyne Industries of Los Angeles, California in 1994.
But it was not until the 1980s that this effort was dramatically increased."Another form of bureaucratic stealth is to use a cover story, such as telling the world that you are launching a simple scientific satellite when in reality the satellite contains intelligence equipment." Starting around 1960, the CIA and the U. Air Force both began to look at ways of achieving operational stealth -- that is, actually hiding the satellites themselves.Cold war sneak peeks A number of ideas were fostered decades ago in U. military and intelligence circles centered on snagging cold war-class sneak peeks at an enemy using satellites.World changes "We don't know exactly what technology was used for the first couple of MISTYs to try to ensure stealth," Richelson told , "so we don't know what's being proposed for this generation..difference there is, if any." Richelson said that new systems and new technologies could experience difficulties that can add up to more dollars."The question is whether you think it's worth it to persevere...spending the extra money to get something worthwhile." The world has changed considerably since the MISTY program was first initiated, Richelson added.