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Above Top Secret: Last flight of Big Bird

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posted on Oct, 7 2019 @ 04:36 PM
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Above Top Secret: the last flight of the Big Bird




The HEXAGON had a powerful dual camera system also known as the KH-9 and capable of imaging almost the entire Soviet landmass in a single mission. Because of that, the 20th and last HEXAGON spacecraft, scheduled for launch in spring 1986, became very important to many members of the intelligence community.


Had read about Hexagon program's 20 Keyhole-9 or Big Bird spy sats being declas years ago but didn't know there was released footage sitting up on YT for so long. Only 1 vid left, though, and they removed 30 of the 37 minutes!

What have they redacted? And why does it look like it's just Hubble pointed in the opposite direction?




posted on Oct, 7 2019 @ 04:46 PM
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Had read about Hexagon program's 20 Keyhole-9 or Big Bird spy sats being declas years ago but didn't know there was released footage sitting up on YT for so long. Only 1 vid left, though, and they removed 30 of the 37 minutes!

What have they redacted? And why does it look like it's just Hubble pointed in the opposite direction?


What have "they" redacted?

You're kidding, right?

Anything deemed to still be of a classified nature was redacted.

I know a little about that program. I worked as an independent IT contractor for the NRO in Chantilly, VA for 5 years and although I hadn't worked directly on anything related to this program, all of the programs "spill over" and feed into each other where the data/info can be useful, so I'm aware of the program in more than a passing manner.

As far as Hubble's telescope direction, that's controlled by a different "union" so I don't have detailed info on why it was at that moment in time. What I can say is that all of our sats perform "double duty" if and when it makes sense.

And even though it isn't talked about, I figured most people assumed that fact anyway. Maybe I'm wrong...



posted on Oct, 7 2019 @ 05:54 PM
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Why does it resemble Hubble just pointed in the "wrong direction". Exactly what would you expect a camera capable of taking a picture of the entire Russian landmass in a single pass to look like ? Especially when said camera is orbiting the earth. An amazing piece of technology, I am sure. Perhaps someday we will have an opportunity to view what must be some amazing shots



posted on Oct, 7 2019 @ 10:19 PM
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And I thought this was about Sesame Street.
Out of here



posted on Oct, 8 2019 @ 01:07 AM
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The camera technology being developed then was remarkable - iirc the Hexagon camera went on to be used in the Apollo missions as the Panoramic Camera, and he level of detail in those images is amazing.

This article

www.space.com...

mentions that the Hubble telescope shared a designer with the Keyhole series.



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