U.S. Army Satellite Will Send Imagery Directly to Troops on the Ground

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About the size of a loaf of bread, Gunsmoke‑J seeks to demon­strate over­head data col­lec­tion in direct sup­port of com­bat operations.
WASHINGTON — A Rock­et Lab Elec­tron launch vehi­cle sched­uled to fly next month will car­ry a cube­sat that will be used by the U.S. Army to assess the ben­e­fits of hav­ing ded­i­cat­ed imag­ing satel­lites for bat­tle­field surveillance.
The exper­i­men­tal space­craft named Gunsmoke‑J is one of sev­en satel­lites that will lift off from New Zealand in mid-March in Rock­et Lab’s 19th Elec­tron launch. The pay­loads will be deployed to orbits between 450 kilo­me­ters and 550 kilo­me­ters above Earth. 
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