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Originally posted by johnlear
Originally posted by WASTYT
And what about radar? Why wouldnt radar have tracked his plane?
With the surveillance techniques available to the government which includes satellite monitoring it is unlikely that someone somewhere in the government doesn't know exactly where Steves airplane is but its unlikely that they would divulge such information the risk of which would compromise how closely we all are watched whatever we are doing.
"With the surveillance techniques available to the government which includes satellite monitoring it is unlikely that someone somewhere in the government doesn't know exactly where Steves airplane is but its unlikely that they would divulge such information the risk of which would compromise how closely we all are watched whatever we are doing"
Just seems strange to me that there wouldnt be a tracking record of his flight by radar...
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Air Force Rescue Coordination Center
One method used to aid in the search for Mr. Fossett is radar forensics, or "data reduction," which is the analysis of raw radar data from around the U.S. This process compares radar data to radar hits from known aircraft operating under visual flight rules, or VFR. These aircraft "squawk" either a unique air traffic control assigned code or a generic VFR code of 1,200 on their transponder, an avionics device that ATC radar controllers use to follow the flight of aircraft in their area.
Had Mr. Fossett requested flight following, he would have been assigned a unique transponder code that would have made his flight track much easier to trace.
Once all known flight paths are removed from the radar data, the remaining radar "hits" are correlated for possible flight paths of unknown aircraft.
Sounds like they are really pressing the "if he filed a flight plan", from now on I bet everyone will file a flight plan from now on.... Which makes it easier for them to follow your last move. No freedoms anymore!
Rescue crews searching for famed millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett stumbled upon another false lead Sunday when they discovered what they thought was a downed airplane but didn't find the missing aviator.
Rescue crews spotted an object southeast of the private ranch where Fossett was staying 80 miles southeast of Reno when he took off Monday for what was supposed to be a three-hour flight. Authorities did not say what the sighting was, only that it wasn't Fossett's plane.
Originally posted by Dr Love
Isn't Fossett the guy who was doing the sub-orbital flights? Was he yapping about what he saw up there? UFOs?
I've always thought that nothing would ever come of civilians in space because there's too many things they're not supposed to see up there.
Who would be better than Fossett to test these new spacecraft?