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originally posted by: verschickter
I think he asks if anybody knows what the censored line could hide.
originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: BlackDog10
The real question when you talk about Oxcart is why the A-12 was retired so quickly in 1968, and what, if anything, mught have replaced it.
Remember that spysats with EO sensors that could return imagery instantaneously didn't fly until the first KH-11 launched in the late 70's, meaning that there was a 10-year gap in which the only way that the CIA/NRO could get more or less instantaneous imagery through a (known) owned asset would have been by prematurely dropping a Gambit or Hexagon reentry vehicle, which potentially meant the loss of an entire satellite's capabilities until a replacement could be launched, an expensive option, not to mention a risky one when you think of lost capabilities.
Just some food for thought, that's all.