Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
Oh yes...makes perfect sense...let's send the President, and his family, to the site of a nuclear accident to help with "containment"...you know...because that is the Presidents job.
I am thinking someone is having a good laugh pulling the legs of some of the more gullible ATSers
Originally posted by MadDogtheHunter
Hang on people, FOUND a link to what that launch was:
"The launch of a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for 7:20 p.m. Friday, and the rocket's trail could be visible from Orange County....."
The satellites make global observations but focus on the Mediterranean, tracking the effects of natural disasters, erosion and pollution, as well as being used for “territorial security and strategic defense,” a statement from Vandenberg said.
by 1st. Lt. Ann Blodzinski 30th Space Wing Public Affairs 11/4/2010 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a Delta II rocket carrying the Thales Alenia Space-Italia COSMO-SkyMed Satellite Nov. 5 at 7:20 p.m. from Space Launch Complex-2 on North Vandenberg. The rocket launch, originally scheduled for Oct. 29, was most recently delayed due to a second stage low voltage battery issue that has been resolved and the rocket is ready for launch. This launch is the fourth and final completing the COSMO-SkyMed constellation. The Nov. 5 launch time is the most advantageous for the fourth satellite to be correctly inserted into the constellation. The overall objective of the COSMO-SkyMed program is global Earth observation, particularly in the Mediterranean area. Some applications include territorial surveillance; analyzing effects of natural disasters; coastal surveillance to assess erosion and sea/river pollution, monitoring of farming, forestry resources and urban buildings; mapping with a resolution on the order of one meter; and territorial security and strategic defense. The other three COSMO-SkyMed satellites were launched from Vandenberg in June 2007, December 2007 and October 2008. The Delta II launch vehicle will deliver COSMO-4 into a circular Sun-synchronous orbit, phased on the same orbital plane as COSMO-1, COSMO-2 and COSMO-3, where it will begin its mission of data observation and data recording for the needs of both the military and civilian communities. This launch is a partnership among the 30th Space Wing, United Launch Alliance, the Boeing Corporation, Thales Alenia Space-Italia, Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defense. Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, is the launch decision authority.