January 27th, 2007
Back from the launch. The shot was gorgeous. The AP took some historical archive footage that future generations might remember this, though it won't be shown on TV. The press boys think that the icon of missile launches might frighten people.
I guess, if I were out of the loop and prone to panic, it might frighten me too. I guess we'll never have a press incident like the old "War of the Worlds" broadcast again at this rate.
When going through the design, I did everything I could -- a nonzero amount -- to suggest the addition of live recorders with video and audio to the launch vehicles. The cost was minimal and the value of being able to see the rocket's eye view is enormous. The relay satellites are taking in a tremendous amount of data from those rockets and storing them at Mission Control. When it's all said, done, and declassified, we'll have beautiful images and sound of the first nuclear warheads used in space.
The sound will only be while its going through the atmosphere, though the thin atmosphere around the moon and the air escaping the kill vehicle when it hits may allow for some idea of what it sounds like to be very near a nuclear blast.
I'm told that the end of the audio will be a high pitched whine as the electronics fail and begin to melt. Still -- it's anyone's guess when it comes right down to it.
Anyway, here's one of the images that's considered public domain. It's not much, but it's something at least.
Naturally, it's behind a cut and branded -- we weren't allowed our own photo equipment as one might imagine. One of the Reuters guys got it to me post-edit. It's low-res, but a nice picture of where I spent the day today.
EDIT: Sorry folks, I fouled up that URL. =/
|Date:||January 28th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)|| |
so my identity isn't secret
are you gonna keep this up 'till 4/1?
|Date:||January 29th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)|| |
I've vainly ventured to vanquish a vacancy and vouchsafe to verify the vehicle. Is this vacuum viper in the vast visible vespered verdancy a Vanguard from the virtually virtinginously vertical velds of Vandenburg? Or will my valor be vehemently vanquished and eventually vanish and my vaunted value be venomously vilified as I've vastly mis-envisioned this variety of vaguely-visible varmint and verbosely vended a very vitally invalid variant?
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|Date:||January 29th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)|| |
Re: No Vendetta
With candor, I can't conceive of a comment which can considerably come after yours.
The source of the photo was actually from images.google. I thought about taking one from the front page and letting those who checked it on images chuckle when they saw it as one of the pictures.
Then I started clicking through. On around page 7 or so for "missile launch", I came up with the picture in question. It was apparently a news story
about missile defense when North Korea was testing long range missiles in the Pacific. The article suggests that the launch site in question is Barking Sands on Kauai.
It looked remarkably ordinary and a cover story came to mind about the low resolution and the Reuters bit. Perfect!
|Date:||January 29th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: No Vendetta
Early Vanguards had fins almost -- but not quite -- like the ones in the picture. I was wondering about that, and there are so few pixels in the fin area that much distortion was possible. Here's a close shot of an early Vanguard with fins.
At the same time, your image seems to be from a video clip with aspects that suggested more modern ancestry. I wondered if Reuters was around in the 1950s and early 60s -- but oh, yes, they were the first European news agency to report on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. But still, the video clip business ...
And the launch gantry looked familiar -- though the resolution is poor, it seems to be (or been copied from) one of these -- compare to the one in the picture.
Thanks for posting the news story! The context of the news story suggests that, at the time it waws written, the US agencies "were planning their own test Wednesday." Future tense. The article was posted June 20, a Tuesday -- the test had not happened -- thus the image could not have been of that
The caption is vague:Korea's long-range missile has prompted the U.S. military to activate its new defense system.
The subject of the picture is probably "Korea's long-range missile" but might be, conceivably, the US's "new defense system." I don't actually know what the Taepodong-2 looks like.
Ah -- bingo. There are your fins.
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