Subject: Small spysat study panel to be formed From: [email protected] (Allen Thomson) Date: 1995/12/31 Message-Id: <[email protected]> Newsgroups: sci.space.policy,sci.space.tech,alt.war It looks as if the NRO and its friends are coming out ahead in the smallsat tussle: When in Doubt, Appoint a Panel Aviation Week and Space Technology January 1, 1996, p.19 [EXCERPT] House-Senate intelligence conferees have agreed to temporarily set aside the contentious issue of whether to begin procurement of a new generation of smaller reconnaissance satellites. Their compromise calls for the appointment of a panel of experts. By May 1, the panel is to determine whether "smallsats" can be procured immediately, as proponents in the House contend, or whether several more years of technology development is needed, as the Senate and National Reconnaissance Office maintain. If anyone finds out who the panel members are, please post the information here (if it isn't classified, of course). The panel's conclusions will, of course, be predetermined by the experts chosen to "study" the matter. For the s.s.t. readership: What could plausibly be claimed to be a technical impediment to small photoreconnaissance satellites?