posted on Jun, 8 2009 @ 01:41 PM
Any aerial photograph is subject to censorship. My brother did an engineering project for school. They made a type of "weather" balloon and
launched it for altitude and stability. They attached a camera to be able to judge their success. The balloon took about 20 minutes to reach
somewhere around 100,000 ft.
They watched it live as it went up, but they immediately had to turn over the taped version to the FAA (part of the permit of the flight), who
forwarded it to whatever authority controls those things. When they got it back, it was edited down to 8 minutes.
Someone found "confidential or sensitive" information on 12 of 20 minutes of their flight.
60% of grainy amateur footage from a spinning balloon was edited.
Now this was near Cape Canaveral, but if a balloon and simple camera is this tightly controlled, imagine how strict they are on satellite images
uploaded to the web!!!!