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Space: Keeping ELINT In Orbit

Wednesday, January 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brock Sheets

January 2, 2018  |  Strategy Page


In December 2017 Russia put a third Lotos S spy satellite into orbit using a Soyuz rocket launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the far north. Lotos S is a six ton electronic surveillance satellite which an elliptical orbit that brings the satellite as low as 200 kilometers to earth. The first Lotos went up in 2009 while the second went up in late 2014. The first Lotos was classified as “experimental” and had several problems that limited its effectiveness. The second and third ones apparently worked as intended and the third one was designated Losot S1 indicating substantial upgrades. Lotos is part of the Russian effort to catch up with the United States in space-based ELINT (electronic reconnaissance, also called SIGINT for signals intelligence)... READ MORE

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