Perkin-Elmer produced a satellite reconnaissance camera
called the HEXAGON system
Flight of the Big Bird
A recent on-line issue of The Space Review features a comprehensive commentary on "The Flight of the Big Bird," the origin, development and operations of the KH-9 HEXAGON reconnaissance satellite. Perkin-Elmer's Optical Group built 20 spy satellite systems for the Cold War effort. Here's a sample of the writing:
"Each sweep of one of HEXAGON's cameras encompassed thousands of square miles of territory in the Soviet Union at a resolution that was better than three feet (one meter) on the ground. This made it particularly valuable for the arms control negotiations that the United States was then entering into, because within just a few short weeks a single HEXAGON spacecraft could photograph nearly the entire Soviet Union taking pictures so good that analysts working in darkened rooms back in Washington's Navy Yard could make a precise count of every single Soviet ICBM silo in operation or under construction, and identify the type."
You can read the full story by going to: http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1785/1
HEXAGON Image Offered For The Asking
Jon Aspinwall was a team member on the HEXAGON program and was at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio for the Hexagon Program dedication.
While at the dedication, Jon took this image of HEXAGON and is offering it to our interested members. "I want to make it available at no cost to those folks who would like a full size 11x14",high resolution image in color or black & white.