Originally Posted by Dieben
Yeah, I worked for Fairchild for a few years and have done some pretty spooky black work other places, but not at Fairchild. Kodak corporate never responded to my requests so I went straight to individual Kodak employees to get what I needed.
Well it looks like Fairchild was the spooky contractor of the CCD cameras that provided real time images on SR-71 missions circa 1972.
The really interesting thing is that the US kept using photographic film in its spy satellites into the '90s. The Corona project, which ended in 1972, used airplanes to snag film magazines for processing on the ground. For the next 20 years the film was processed on the satellite, scanned and sent to earth electronically. There was even a plan for a manned spy satellite with image intelligence officers living in space for months on end.