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US National Intelligence Agency sent a secret satellite to orbit

US National Intelligence Agency sent a secret satellite to orbit

The US state of California hosted the launch of a heavy Delta 4 booster with a secret satellite that will be used in the interests of the US National Intelligence Agency (NRU).

The rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:03 US Pacific Coast time (22:03 Moscow time). Launching the secret spacecraft into orbit was entrusted to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture aviation giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin, ITAR-TASS reports.

The satellite was placed in a special capsule at the top of the rocket. In accordance with the requirements of the Pentagon, six minutes after launch, further tracking of the flight by third-party observers was discontinued.

As reported by the specialized site, immediately after the launch, which monitored the movement of the rocket to a predetermined orbit, the launch proceeded normally.

Heavy Delta 4 has three engines and is capable of delivering a payload of up to 23 tons into orbit. The carriers of this class are the heaviest and largest (71,6 m in length) of the US Army standing in service.

The Delta 4 rocket was used for the eighth time in the interests of the NRU. This launch was the second, carried out with the US Pacific Coast. The first start took place in January 2011.

The activity of the NRU, which controls the US intelligence satellites and provides the CIA and the Pentagon with relevant information, is classified. Management keeps silence regarding the specific tasks of this flight.

The cost of this project is also classified. According to the newspaper The Los Angeles Times, a satellite was put into orbit, capable of taking pictures (of objects on Earth) of such high resolution that it would be possible to distinguish car models from them. The cost of the device, according to the publication, is 1 billion dollars.
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  1. Stiletto
    Stiletto 29 August 2013 13: 10
    Oh well. A Chinese friend with a manipulator is already waiting for him there. laughing
    1. Aryan
      Aryan 29 August 2013 15: 41
      Well, if the media already has news about this,
      it’s not so secret
      I think that here is the same
      "the meaning of the message in the epistle"

      and do not care for his fucking permission
      once again they want to make sure how they are not loved here?
      in intimate details?
    2. poquello
      poquello 29 August 2013 22: 17
      Quote: Stiletto
      Oh well. A Chinese friend with a manipulator is already waiting for him there. laughing

      The Chinese have not yet figured out how to put these mushrooms into China, but they are a stubborn people, again gathering the oldest folk craft.
  2. klimpopov
    klimpopov 29 August 2013 13: 31
    We must stop the states supply engines to the rockets! And titanium! Sanctions however!
  3. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 29 August 2013 13: 37
    Quote: Stiletto
    Oh well. A Chinese friend with a manipulator is already waiting for him there. laughing

    ha ha ha))) But the truth is what the hell is not joking ... they steal and do not blush (by the noise))) wassat
  4. wax
    wax 29 August 2013 13: 42
    A powerful flash on the ... Sun would be nice.
    1. denson06
      denson06 29 August 2013 15: 23
      Yeah .. that’s the basis of all their intelligence, navigation and interaction systems .. without US satellites like a person without eyes .. Failure of satellite system components - that would really be a threat to national security .. and not just E. Snowden. .
      If, God forbid, there is a direct threat to our national security, then these satellites are the first thing that should become "space debris".
  5. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 29 August 2013 14: 31
    Why aren't the Americans running an active space program? Do you remember the material about our old laser systems? When was their station "lit"? There was a continuous failure, everything went out ... Now is not the time, now the most powerful laser can be ordered on the Internet. And an industrially assembled X-ray laser will cut down all electronics from any near-earth orbit. In general, it is useless to invest, it is very easy to knock it all down. So there's nothing to worry about ...
  6. koksalek
    koksalek 29 August 2013 14: 40
    Quote: klimpopov
    We must stop the states supply engines to the rockets! And titanium! Sanctions however!

    When all the engines are sold, they will ban the sale of what they have already sold. Yesterday they wrote about it that out of 101, 60 have already been sold.
  7. Vtel
    Vtel 29 August 2013 14: 47
    It would be nice to bring our 5th column into orbit, it will become easier to breathe.
  8. shower
    shower 29 August 2013 15: 57
    Do not be afraid. From there it will be easier for them to spoil
    1. Vtel
      Vtel 29 August 2013 18: 33
      Do not sell a return ticket to Earth, but to crap against the cosmic wind - you yourself understand.
  9. SlavaS
    SlavaS 29 August 2013 19: 58
    Why didn’t she fall?
  10. crambol
    crambol 29 August 2013 20: 01
    Quote: Mikhail3
    When was their station "lit"? There was a continuous failure, everything went out ...

    Quite like a duck. Where does the reliable infa come from?
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 29 August 2013 20: 10
    It seems that they decided not to attack Syria yesterday, and they launched the satellite, otherwise the guys from the special forces without the GPS system will not be able to get to the toilet.
  12. VadimSt
    VadimSt 29 August 2013 20: 41
    According to The Los Angeles Times, "a satellite capable of capturing images (of objects on Earth) of such high resolution that models of cars could be discerned" was sent into orbit.

    Wow .... And still forty years ago, we read the license plate numbers, i.e. 5 resolution see
    Noodles on the ears for passing by!
  13. JonnyT
    JonnyT 29 August 2013 21: 11
    We must look into the depths of space, and they are looking at the Earth. They are strange, I would even say perverts, they are spying
  14. uizik
    uizik 29 August 2013 21: 17
    US intelligence satellites have been flying since the 60s. In the 70s they already distinguished a horse from a soldier. Now they are probably taking readings from the speedometer of the car! Most likely they conduct a deep sounding of the surface to detect hidden objects.
  15. poquello
    poquello 29 August 2013 22: 42
    Iraq 2003
    NOBODY EXCEPT US 30 August 2013 00: 03
    If you open any Google map of Moscow, you can not only distinguish between car models but also look at facial expressions, and here are car models, a modern satellite haha, but nonetheless, about 80% of visitors to the site got used to it, very poor knowledge of technology, probably in the army did not serve ......
  17. KazaK Bo
    KazaK Bo 30 August 2013 10: 50
    It seems that the aMera have not given up on striking Syria. The current technology of modern combat not only presupposes, but considers it mandatory to launch "wartime" satellites ... which are always ready for launch. They also have other radio and telemetry frequencies, the signal coding system has been changed, the shielding and other protection of equipment from all types of interference has been increased ... which increases their stability and resistance against all types of enemy influence. As a rule, these are combined satellites of video ... photographic reconnaissance with increased performance characteristics .... With a very low orbit and a short (no more than six months) period of operation. They are heavier and therefore a more powerful rocket.
    Yes ... about manipulators ... At one time, one of the space powers "took" a couple of vehicles of another power from orbit with a space tug. Since then, a self-detonation system has been installed on satellites, if there is no correct answer to the signal "OWN - ALIEN" when another spacecraft approaches a certain distance. Similar cases have already happened in due time ... So the idea of ​​a manipulator ... is very interesting ... but only for their own ...