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Posted: 01/10/18 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Space X also just launched a top secret, likely billion dollar, satellite and it failed to reach orbit and is assumed lost. Space is a tough business!


Yup. kind of hard to get insurance on the birds actually making it to orbit.. I am part owner of one that France splashed.


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I'm reading that:

1) It wasn't SpaceX's problem, if there is one, because their next launch is still going to happen before the end of the month. If they had a problem they'd would have delayed that. SpaceX has stated their equipment worked as designed.

2) There is speculation that the launch went off as planned and NSA is trying to hide the satellite. I'm not sure how that would work since there are a lot of satellite spotters, they'd had to mask the sun's reflection off the shell of the satellite. The US has massive radars to track these things do the Russians?

3) NSA/ULA provided the connector between the launch second stage and the satellite, if there was a problem that was where it happened.


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Posted: 01/10/18 05:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW and way off topic: The only super secret satellite technologies that IMHO are really interesting are long range narrow beam laser cannons and long range E.M.F. beam cannons.

Oooops ... I almost forgot ... what interesting (plasma?) technology was that long range sweep beam high temperature cannon coming from a satellite controlled by the villian in that James Bond movie? [emoticon]


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Posted: 01/11/18 04:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

agesilaus wrote:

I'm reading that:

1) It wasn't SpaceX's problem, if there is one, because their next launch is still going to happen before the end of the month. If they had a problem they'd would have delayed that. SpaceX has stated their equipment worked as designed.

2) There is speculation that the launch went off as planned and NSA is trying to hide the satellite. I'm not sure how that would work since there are a lot of satellite spotters, they'd had to mask the sun's reflection off the shell of the satellite. The US has massive radars to track these things do the Russians?

3) NSA/ULA provided the connector between the launch second stage and the satellite, if there was a problem that was where it happened.


I wasn't trying to point blame or add to a conspiracy theory. I'm just saying that Space is a tough and expensive business. Getting multiple rings of 400 LEO satellites in place and operational sounds like something just shy of a miracle but so did landing a man on the Moon.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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Posted: 01/11/18 06:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No doubt about how hard it is, the Russians I believe have had multiple failures over the last year and Europeans had a string of failed launches too, not too long ago

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