Spies in the Sky - Surveillance Satellites in War and Peace


"the coverage of both American and Soviet surveillance satellites is succinct and explodes a few popular myths": Geoff Quick in Aerospace Professional

Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the contribution made by satellites to society
has been enormous: instant awareness of sporting, political, and human events
across the globe; immediate communication undreamt of 50 years ago; and the
chance to see close-ups of planets and stars and share the excitement of astronauts
in space. But this book casts a spotlight on a little-known aspect of the Space Age
- the military dimension and how the superpowers used spy satellites.

Today, military satellites represent 25 percent of all satellites in orbit. In Spies in the
, Pat Norris argues that the development of spy satellites has prevented nuclear
Armageddon. He believes that the 'race to the Moon' between the two superpowers
was a side effect of the Cold War, and that the most important event was the use of
spy satellites by military powers to prevent the Cold War becoming a 'hot war.' He then
focuses on the regional tensions of today, and looks ahead to what the future holds
- a time when spy satellites could be the only defense against a nervous nuclear power
using its nuclear weapons needlessly.

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Springer Praxis Books ISBN: 978-0-387-71672-5
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 "stunning images": Jennifer Meyer in Nature

"a very informative, enjoyable and stimulating piece of writing": Geoff Quick in Aerospace Professional

"strong and easily understandable descriptions of the way electro-optical satellites work": David Arnold in Quest

"casts a spotlight on a little known aspect of the Space Age - the military dimension": Spaceflight

"a very readable account of the part satellites played in the Cold War", David Southwood, Astronomy Now

"behind-the-scenes use of military satellites to thwart the prospect of nuclear war":
Leonard David in Secure World Foundation (online)