In this special Halloween edition of the SpaceGeeks podcast, Dan Leone talks about spooky classified intelligence satellites with a pair of experts — including one former spook-sat designer!

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Gaze, if you dare, upon declassified satellite imagery gathered during the Cold War by such spooky satellites as Corona and Hexagon!

Read, if you dare, Phil Pressel’s book about the Hexagon series of spook satellites.

Learn, if you dare, how amateur astronomer Ted Molczan tracks a spooky satellites that launched Oct. 8! (Or, if you prefer to not be overwhelmed with technical details intended for sophisticated observers, read (if you dare) Wired’s excellent interview with Ted).

Read, if you dare, SpaceNews’ breakdown of the only NRO budget request you are ever likely to see!

Examine, if you dare, a declassified NRO report about the Hexagon program!


Dan Leone is a SpaceNews staff writer, covering NASA, NOAA and a growing number of entrepreneurial space companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public communications from the American University in Washington.