These U.S. Air Force avionics sensor technicians are loading a 100-pound roll of film into a U-2's optical bar camera, which supports high-resolution, broad-area synoptic coverage. Other imaging packages in the aircraft include multispectral electro-optic, infrared, and synthetic aperture radar gear. "The U-2 also carries a signals intelligence payload," the Air Force says, without elaborating. "All intelligence products except for wet film can be transmitted in near real-time anywhere in the world via air-to-ground or air-to-satellite data links, rapidly providing critical information to combatant commanders."
February 22, 2012 10:58 AM PST
Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Tim Helton