U.S. dropping spy satellite program

America's director of national intelligence announced Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the United States is dropping a multibillion-dollar satellite program that engineers hoped would someday soar undetected above other nations.

U.S. dropping spy satellite program
America's director of national intelligence announced Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the United States is dropping a multibillion-dollar satellite program that engineers hoped would someday soar undetected above other nations.

The move from the director of national intelligence comes after several years of congressional efforts to kill the program, known publicly as the next generation of "Misty" satellites. The new satellite was to be a stealthy intelligence spacecraft designed to take pictures of adversaries and avoid detection.

Speaking to an intelligence conference on workplace diversity, McConnell changed the subject and ended his speech by saying: "I have been advised when I was getting ready for this job, you have to do two things: kill a multibillion-dollar program. Just did that. Word is not out yet. You'll see soon.

"And fire somebody important. So I'm searching," he added in jest, getting a laugh from the crowd.

Loren Thompson, a defense expert with the Lexington Institute, said he was told by an industry source this month that the program to build the Misty satellites was ending. He said the satellite's true name is not publicly known, but it has been assigned a designation of a letter followed by numbers.

"People are thinking it is just not worth the huge amount of money it is sucking in," Thompson said.

Speaking generally, Thompson said promises of faster, smaller, cheaper satellites — hopes that became common during the Clinton administration — have been confounded by the laws of physics. The technology simply wasn't able to meet expectations.
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