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    • NRO APPROVED FOR RELEASE DECLASSIFIED BY: C/IART DECLASSIFIED ON: 10 JANUARY 2013 riC7-t C(pAp 14 1 q 2U 7 6 NKN RuEIWCASS98 4 470 432 00054-XXXX--RUXPOAA. '40Y XXXXX NRN ZNM ik 2618 126Z BT FI-AISS DITTO • T OPQ CIIET 260426Z APR 80 SPECIAL DESIGNEES rITF CO: GAMIT 7495. 0 GISON, HEXAGON HAW Wiff1.1' MAN CONTROLS TO: FOR J. D. HILL FROM CHAIRMAN, COMIREX INFO: BISON FOR COL. L. MCCHKISTIAN AND DITTO FOR LTCOL*. L. CRESS SUBj: CONTINGENCY MISSION SUPPORT DATA 4. AS A RESULT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH NO HEXAGON 4246, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS EVALUAT . 'R OF. CONTINGENCY GAMBIT MISSION OPTIONS. THESE INCLUDE (4) A CONVENiIONAL 4354 MISSION, (2) A HIGH-ALTITUDE (E.G. 445 NM) 4354 MISSIONS• (33 A HIGH-ALTITUDE (E.G. 450 NM) 4352 MISSION ANu (4) A DUAL-MODE 4352 MISSION. 2. OUR CAPABILITIES TO SUPPORT EACH OF THE GAMBIT MISSION OPTIONS IS AS FOLLOWS; OPTIONS 4 AND 2 CAN BE SUPPORTED TODAY BY CAMS BASED ON THE L-20 POSTURE. 'OPTION 3 AND OPTION 4'IN THE HIGH ALTITUDE MODE: A. COMMUNITY REQUIREMENTS COULD BE SUBMITTED VIA CAMS ANY TIMM. AFTER 4 JULY. AN INITIAL MISSION LOAD COULD BE TRANSMITTED TO ANY TIME AFTER APPROXIMATELY 45 JULY TO SUPPORT AN .A L.ESr.LAUNCH DATE OF 21 JULY. ..,: 3r-: AUTOMATED ON-ORBIT TASKING WITH CAMS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL 45 AUGUST, HOWEVE.R, EVERY ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO ACQUIRE THIS CAPABILITY EARLIER. MANUAL TASKING OF AD HOC REQUIREMENTS SUBMITTED AFTER LAUNCH WILL BE REQUIRED DURING THIS INTERIM PERIOD. IT IS EMPHASIZED 110 . ,44,411 °Nile
    • NRO APPROVED FOR RELEASE DECLASSIFIED BY: C/IART DECLASSIFIED ON: 10 JANUARY 2013 Warttile Via VEMAN .CRAIINELS ONLY THAT NO AUDIT TRAIL FOR ON-ORBIT TASKING WILL BE REGISTERED IN CAMS DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN LAUNCH AND THE 45 AUGUST TIMEFRAME. 4. SEARCH MODE REQUIREMENTS MAY ONLY BE TASKED AS 42 X 48 NM WAC CELLS. • S. SATISFACTION PROCESSING AND CROSSFEED TO OTHER IMAGERY SYSTEMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE DECEMBa 4980. HOWEVER, ACCOM p LISHMENT DATA WILL B g ORESERVEu. 3. SHOULD THERE BE A DECISION TO FLY A GAMBIT MISSION THIS YEAR, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO SELECT SPECIFIC MISSION PARAMETERS FROM A FAIRLY WIDE RANGE OF FEASIBLE MISSION PARAMETERS. IMAGE QUALITY WILL BE A MAJOR CONSIDERATION IN THE SELECTION OF THESE PARAMETERS. FOR THIS REASON, WE REQUEST THAT THE NKO PROVIDE NIIRS PREDICTION DATA WHICH IS APPLICABLE FOR A HIGH-ALTITUDE 4304 MISSION AND A HIGH-ALTITUDE 4352 MISSION. THIS DATA SHOULD SHOW THE EFFECT ON QUALITY OF THE FULL RANGE OF ALL SELECTABLE MISSION PARAMETERS CEA. ALTITUDE, STEREO/MONO, TIME OF YEAR/SUN, AND OBLIQUITY). BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT NEAR-TERM DECISIONS WILL B REQUIRED RELATIVE. TO A GAMBIT MISSION, THIS DATA IS UKGEWLY NEEDED. I WOULD APPRECIATE A PRELIMINARY RESPONSE NO LATER THAN 46 MAY AND A FINAL RESPONSE NO LATER THAN 6 JUNE. IT WOULD BE MOST DESIRABLE IF THE NIIRS PREDICTION MODEL COULD BE REVIEWED BY IRAAS PRIOR TO ITS BEING FINALIZED. IT MAY BE DESIRABLE TO CONDUCT SIMULATIONS TO SELECT SPECIFIC MISSION PARAMETERS FOR A CONTINGENCY GAMBIT MISSION. WE WILL IDENIIFY OUK REQUIREMENTS, IF ANY, FOR SIMtLATION SUPPORT AT A LAIEH DAlh UNUE Ift NEED FUN AND INh ObJhLIIVESJW A' GAMkf ARE MORE CLEARLY DEFINED. IN THIS REGARD, CAMS : COULD SUPPORT A 'SURVEILLANCE MISSION SIMULATION AT ANYTIME. HOMIEVER, SUPPORT FOR A HIGH-ALTITUDE SEARCH MISSION SIMULATION COULD NOT BE PROVIDED BEFORE 45 JULY A S PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED. WITH REGARD TO HEXAGON ON1INGENCY LAUNCH CAPABILITIES, WE REMAIN CONCERNED AB CH PAD MODIFICATIONS CO BE PERFORMED PRIOR TO MISSION 4248. THESE CONCERNS WERE EXPRESSED IN OUK 25 MARCH MEMO TO THE OWL I REQUEST THAT ANY NEW AND SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION RELATIVE TO OPTIONS FOR PERFORMING THESE MODIFICATIONS BE MADE AVAILABLE TO US. 6. IF OUR PLANNING RELATIVE TO GAMBIT REQUIREMENTS PROCESSING IS INCONSISTENT WITH NRO PLANNING DATES, I REQUEST THAT YOU IDENTIFY A REPRESENTATIVE TO MEET WITH tlY STAFF TO RESOLVE THESE INCONSISTENCIES. CL BY 368668 RVW 25 APRIL 2800. TOPCCOACT BT 45598 Ilan& Via BYEMAN Climi%1ELS ONLY •