September 6th, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – America’s secretive spy satellite agency is developing a massive computer automated satellite array system to conduct simultaneous surveillance across the globe.
High Tech American satellites have the ability to spy on the most intimate details of anyone, anywhere in the world.
But that system has a few drawbacks the Big Brother wants to eliminate.
For starters the current system built on decades old technology can only focus on a limited number of locations at one time.
Even more pesky error-prone humans with morals are required to manually aim the satellites at specific targets.
These limitation don’t exactly fit well in Big Brother’s plan for a completely computer automated Skynet surveillance grid.
Now America’s top-secret satellite spy agency is looking to change this announcing plans to deploy a massive array of satellites that can monitor vast areas at the globe.
The control of the system is to be completely automated by computer systems which will feed data in real time to other systems such as the NSA’s top-secret $2 billion quantum computer spy center for further storage and processing.
Once implemented other cyber surveillance systems will be able to run pre-defined artificial intelligence algorithms, such as the ones used to flag Americans as potential terrorists, to identify threats.
Recently Harvard announced they have cracked the use of DNA for digital storage packing a massive 700 terabytes of data into a single gram.
Such an unprecedented breakthrough in digital storage and supercomputing breakthroughs combined with the combination of this massive satellite surveillance system and 30,000 NDAA drones provides the perfect tools to implement a complete Orwellian totalitarian state.
Nowhere to Hide: Secret Spy Sat Agency Plans Unblinking Array
Today’s spy satellites only stare down at a few small areas of the planet at a time, like flashlights probing the dark. Tomorrow’s could be like horizon-spanning, overhead spotlights that can illuminate vast swaths of the planet all at once.
The National Reconnaissance Office, America’s secretive spy satellite agency, wants to expand the current flashlight-like satellite deployment to a horizon-spanning, overhead spotlight that can illuminate vast swaths of the planet all at once. The agency also wants new spacecraft that can crunch the resulting data using sophisticated computer algorithms, freeing the satellites somewhat from their current reliance on human analysts.
A National Reconnaissance Office budget document for this fiscal year, obtained by Secrecy News’ Steven Aftergood through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes references to the technologies the secretive spy agency is acquiring today, and hopes to develop in coming years. Most of the details are blacked out in the heavily redacted, 450-page document. But “it is still possible to glean at least fragmentary insight into the current state of the NRO,” Aftergood wrote. That includes the technological aspirations of the agency, which employs around 3,000 engineers, analysts and technicians around the globe.
National Reconnaissance Office patch commemorating a satellite launch. Photo: mr. smashy/Flickr
The NRO is looking for ways to expand that array in a hurry. The agency would like to rapidly launch and reposition orbital sensors to keep pace with fast-moving events on the ground. In pursuit of this “temporal responsiveness,” the NRO said it would in 2012 “analyze other innovative space lift concepts and new entrants for potential launch of NRO payloads, including reusable launch vehicles.”
According to the redacted budget plan, another NRO tech goal for 2012 is the deployment of a system able to “provide intelligence data to warfighters in the field using mobile devices.” The Army, Marines and Air Force already use handheld Rover terminals — devices like big, rugged smartphones — for downloading video from aerial drones. It’s not hard to imagine the NRO tweaking similar hardware for receiving satellite imagery relayed in near-real time from one of the NRO’s far-flung ground stations.
This year the satellite agency is also aiming to “enhance the detection and tracking of maritime vessels.” It’s a task for which today’s sensors are probably adequate, but for which computer processing could need to be upgraded. Quickly sifting through massive troves of overhead imagery to separate the telltale signatures of ships from potentially millions of square miles of uniform ocean likely requires more computing horsepower than the NRO had available before now.
The NRO’s longer-term technological ambitions are more grand. The agency wants to be able to “use multiple and different sensor types against the same target,” a goal that could require numerous satellites able to coordinate their orbits, each simultaneously pointing a different camera, radar or electronic eavesdropper at the same spot on Earth. That kind of “fusing” can “exponentially increase the value of the intelligence,” Scott Large, then-director of the NRO, said in his 2008 Congressional testimony.
If the stars align and the NRO does get the new gear it wants, then America’s future spy satellites could be more numerous, autonomous, maneuverable and cooperative, smarter and much, much more effective — together forming a sort of high-tech, unblinking eye in space capable of finding and tracking terrorists, insurgents, enemy ships and, well, pretty much anything else on the Earth below.
Source: Higgins Blog