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Topaz 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (FIA-Radar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

The satellites are presumably the "FIA-Radar" (Future Imagery Architecture - Radar) radar component of the FIA system. They are the successors of the Lacrosse / Onyx radar satellites. In 2013 information leaked out, which indicates, that the Byman codename is Topaz. No details have been published.

The development contract for the Future Imagery Architecture program, consisting of an optical (FIA-O) and a radar (FIA-R) component, was awarded to Boeing in 1999. After running into massive cost overruns and delays of the delivery date of the FIA-O component, in September 2005 the contract for the electro-optical satellites was cancelled. The FIA-Radar satellite program remained at Boeing.

The first satellite was launched in 2010, at least four years behind the original schedule. The second followed in 2012. According to the leaked 2013 budget, five satellites are planned, before they are succeeded by the Block 2 version.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, Radar
Operator: NRO
Contractors: Boeing
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Orbit: 1100 km × 1105 km, 123
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Topaz 1 (FIA-Radar 1, NROL 41, USA 215) 2010-046A 20.09.2010 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(501)
Topaz 2 (FIA-Radar 2, NROL 25, USA 234) 2012-014A 03.04.2012 Va SLC-6 Delta-4M+(5,2)
Topaz 3 (FIA-Radar 3, NROL 39, USA 247) 2013-072A 06.12.2013 Va SLC-3E Atlas-5(501) with ALICE, SMDC-ONE 2.3, SMDC-ONE 2.4, SNaP, TacSat 6, FIREBIRD A, FIREBIRD B, AeroCube 5A, AeroCube 5B, CUNYSAT 1, IPEX, M-Cubed/COVE 2
Topaz 4 (FIA-Radar 4, NROL 45) ? - 2015 Va SLC-6 Delta-4M+(5,2)
Topaz 5 (FIA-Radar 5, NROL xx) ? - 201x Va SLC-6 Delta-4M+(5,2) ?

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Further FIA missions: