New U.S. spy satellite program was shelved due to financial crisis (Chart)
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U.S. spy satellite plan was shelved due to financial crisis
U.S. military and space officials said the Defense Department was forced to give up a new spy satellite program, because Congress decided to cut this month All the original funding for this program.
21, the Associated Press quoted anonymous officials as saying the short term in view of the United States will not stop the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, military spending, the government now needs to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout funds, Congress participants both houses of Congress Intelligence Committee’s decision to cut funding for the spy satellite program in 2009 for all budgets, and to cancel this year’s remaining funds for this program.
end of last year the Pentagon plans to spend billions of dollars to develop a new generation of satellite surveillance system, “BASIC”, and strive in 2012 after the new spy satellite into space.
new spy satellite system will be used for hostile states and terrorist organizations to collect image information, such as the precise location of a nuclear weapons or armed personnel R & D base camp is also used to observe hurricanes and other natural disasters on earth impact.
Zengyin budget overruns this program was “halted”, now stranded due to risk of further financial crisis. The Associated Press said, Congress decided the original $ 300 million budget allocated to the Pentagon to study the need to develop other spy satellite program.
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