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The Corona Story

The Corona Story

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WARNING NOTICE INTELLIGENCE
SOURCES OR METHODS INVOLVED
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NATIONAL
SECURITY
INFORMATION
UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE
SUBJECT
TO
CRIMINAL
SANCTIONS
C
ASSIFIED
DCU
O D
DISSEMINATION CONTROL
ABBREVIATIONS NOFORN
NOT
RELEASABLE
TO FOREIGN
NATIONALS
ORCON
DISSEMINATION AND EXTRACTION CONTROLLED
BY
ORIGINATOR
 
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Page
........................................................................................................... v
Problem: A
Oosed
Society ................................................................ 1 Faith: The Space Potential .................................................................. 3
Origins
of
Weapon
System
117L (The Advanced
Reconnaissance
Systeiil) ........................................................
3
Policy Obstacles
to
WS-117L Development ............................. 5
Open
Skies .................................................................................
7
An
Alternative: Second Story ................................................. 10
Sputnik-I Breaks
the
Impasse ................................................... 13
CORONA
is
Born ...................................................................... 15 The
ARPA
Factor .......................................................................
21
Discoverer and CORONA ............................................
23
CORONA Design Evolution and Contractor Selections ..............................................................................
23
The Choice
of
a CORONA Camera
••• •••••• •• ••••• •••• • • •••• ••• ••
26
Formal CORONA Proposal
to
the President
•••••••••••• • •• ••
27
CORONA Management Arrangements ...................................
28
CORONA
Sche<fuling
..............................................................
32
Special
CORONA Security Arrangements
•• • ••• •••••••••••• •• •
32
Problems
of
Growth and Change
•• • •••• •• •• • ••
34
Separating CORONA From WS-117L. ....................................
35
The
CORONA
Launching Site
.................................................
36
The
CORONA
Recovery
Capability ........................................
37
CORONA Contractor Arrangements and
Progress
................
38
CORONA Management Arrangements:
The
ARPA
Factor
Revisited ....................................................................
9
Improvi
ng
CORONA Cover and Security ...............................
43
The
Early Flight
Program ..........................................................
47
Achieveillent: A
New
Vantage ...... 59
CORONA Security:
Assessment
and Conjectures
•••• ••••••••••• •
63
CORONA Security: The United Nations and National Policy ....................................................................................
64
The National Reconnaissance Office
••• •• •• •• ••• 67
System
Improvement:
C
to Mural.
••••• ••• •• • •• ••••••• 75
CORONA-Mural .......................................................................
80
CORONA
and
the
NRO ........................................................... 89 CORONA-J ............................................................................... 93
Fulfillment: The Struggle
To
Maturity ..•.•••....••••••.•...........•......•..•... 109 CORONA Improvement Program
0-3) ..................................
1 09 Summary .........................................................................................
121
ppendix
A ..................................................................................... 123
The Intelligence Community and CORONA
••• ••••• •••••••
123
ARC,
COMOR
and COMIREX ............................................... 123
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