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World’s Largest Satellite – A Spy on Space

Written on November 23, 2010 by B Waldorf

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“This is the most aggressive launch campaign that the National Reconnaissance Office has had in 20 years… These [satellites] are very important, because they all go to update a constellation which is aging rapidly. We bought most of our satellites for three, five, or eight years, and we’re keeping them on orbit for ten, twelve, and up to twenty years.” ---Bruce Carlson, NRO Director

The United States launched a to spy on the . This is not just a regular . It is the largest to orbit our planet. The purpose remains top secret but rumors say that it monitors more than the weather of . An additional mission of the craft is to gather intelligence for the U.S. National Office.

Dubbed as NROL-32, the satellite was sent to orbit the earth yesterday by a  Delta 4 Heavy rocket. The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office () Director said the NROL-32 would be “the largest satellite in the world.”

Carlson gave a speech last month, in that he stated that the agency had adopted a new charter and “a remarkably aggressive launch campaign” that’ll come along with it.

In reference with the then-upcoming NROL-32 launch and other related launches, Carlson said, “This is the most aggressive launch campaign that the National Reconnaissance Office has had in 20 years… These [satellites] are very important, because they all go to update a constellation which is aging rapidly. We bought most of our satellites for three, five, or eight years, and we’re keeping them on orbit for ten, twelve, and up to twenty years.”

Carlson also said that they are “designed to essentially operate during the era of the …are today doing tactical intelligence collection that leads us to actionable intelligence on bad guys every day. Every day.”

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