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Air Force Launches Massive, Secret Spy Satellite
CBS ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | space consultant William Harwood.

Posted on 11/22/2010 12:24:31 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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To: therightliveswithus

>> If it’s so secret, why do we know about it?

(face palm)

Now you’ve done it... if you noobies would just keep your mouth shut, but Noooooo...

We’re gonna have to kill you.

What’s your address?

:-)


41 posted on 11/22/2010 1:48:45 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/trumpet.htm

“The MENTOR 1-3 spacecraft introduced the very large unfurling dish structures “wrap-rib” large deployable bleached white gold colored mesh covered receiving dish antenna design of about 350 feet in diameter with a total spacecraft estimated mass of an estimated 10,000 pounds for the Titan-4A Centaur and 12,700 pounds for the Titan-4B Centaur. MENTOR’s first launch was May 14, 1995 and the second subsequent launch was May 9, 1998 while its third and last launch was on September 9, 2003. “

This is a variant on the Mentor “advanced Orion” and it apparently is that big....


42 posted on 11/22/2010 1:56:30 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Nervous Tick; stormer

Hell, it’s so secret that Stormer has the blueprint for it. ;-)


43 posted on 11/22/2010 1:57:02 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/trumpet.htm

“The MENTOR 1-3 spacecraft introduced the very large unfurling dish structures “wrap-rib” large deployable bleached white gold colored mesh covered receiving dish antenna design of about 350 feet in diameter with a total spacecraft estimated mass of an estimated 10,000 pounds for the Titan-4A Centaur and 12,700 pounds for the Titan-4B Centaur. MENTOR’s first launch was May 14, 1995 and the second subsequent launch was May 9, 1998 while its third and last launch was on September 9, 2003. “

This is a variant on the Mentor “advanced Orion” and it apparently is that big....


44 posted on 11/22/2010 1:58:40 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Normal4me

And it says 1993....sure takes awhile to build those things.


45 posted on 11/22/2010 2:01:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Egads, man! You mean it has centimeter resolution??


46 posted on 11/22/2010 2:47:21 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This bird has something on the order of 90 db of rf gain.

From a mere 23,000 miles up that much gain equates to having a quarter wavelength antenna hooked to a sensitive receiver within a few inches of any rf radiator on the ground.

Awesome capabilities both receiving and transmitting.

You could spoof any sort of rf traffic worldwide with a few of these spaced around the equator.


47 posted on 11/22/2010 2:56:34 PM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
When I was in, you went to prison for even saying “National Reconnaissance Office” and now there are articles describing what they're up to.
48 posted on 11/22/2010 5:06:57 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sounds HUGE


49 posted on 11/22/2010 5:24:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: OldMissileer; Kaosinla; Secret Agent Man
Just guessing:

The orbit for NROL-32 is stated as being high oblique angle, in other words, a high apogee, Molniya orbit. Meaning the mass of the satellite is within that range and that 24 hour coverage over a given area requires at least 3 equi-synchronized satellites.

The Molniya orbit places operations within the Pacific and Indian Oceans area coverage with perigee incursions to Russia and east Asia and the western US Seaboard.

The Eye of Sauron

50 posted on 11/22/2010 8:37:19 PM PST by gandalftb (OK State, 10-1, Go Cowboys! Beat OK)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s shaped like the Sta-Puft marshmallow man.


51 posted on 11/22/2010 9:37:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Info:

Molniya orbit

52 posted on 11/22/2010 11:36:43 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ah! Makes sense. Thanks E.

I think the dimensions must include a solar array? 328 feet wide, ain’t very secret, easily seen from the ground. Any of us of the right age can remember watching that huge-assed Skylab flying by overhead.


53 posted on 11/23/2010 3:50:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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