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Soviet Spy Satellite Photographs Available In West

November 4, 1988

MUNICH, West Germany (AP) _ Soviet spy satellite photographs can now be purchased from a Munich company.

″We use Soviet, U.S., and French satellite photographs for research. You can get them from us, but we’re not officially marketing them,″ Rupert Haydn, managing director of the Company for Applied Remote Sensing (GAF), said Thursday.

Haydn said GAF works closely with the Moscow-based Soyuzkarta company, from which the satellite photographs are obtained.

The GAF staff uses modern digital processing to develop data from satellite photographs for environmental and climate surveillance, forestry, agriculture and other areas of research, Haydn said.

The company recently obtained a photograph of a 37-square-mile area surrounding Munich from Soyuzkarta that had been taken from about 125 miles high by a Soviet Kosmos satellite.

It shows highways, streets, buildings and objects as small as 16 feet in size.

″They are of good quality,″ Haydn said. He said the photographs ″were several years old, and no doubt at one time they could have been used for military reconnaissance.″

Haydn said the cost of a Soviet satellite photograph is about $980, or nearly equal to the $1,000 charged for a U.S. version.