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The biggest rocket ever to launch from the US West Coast has lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The 72m-high Delta IV Heavy was carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
The patch for NRO Launch 49 depicts a phoenix rising from the flames. The patch also features fourteen stars, including one being carried in the bird’s beak. There also appears to be a fifteenth star obscured by the bird’s wing. There’s a long tradition in such patches for the stars to symbolize the number of payloads launched. Fourteen stars just happens to be the number of KH-11 type electro-optical satellites successfully launched by the United States over the years—including the one being carried into orbit by this bird. A fifteenth launch—the one obscured star—ended in failure.
The Latin words “melior diabolus quem scies” are inscribed on the patch. This roughly translates to mean “the devil you know,” as in the phrase “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.”
All of these symbols hint that this is the fifteenth launch of a KH-11 type electro-optical reconnaissance satellite.
Originally posted by burntheships
Originally posted by Darce
Check out the launch emblem!
Is that the Moon on top of the Earth with the sun in the background or what? What do you think the stylised initials on the Moon (?) represent?
The patch you found has a latin phrase ( Old World Order - Rome )
primoris gravis ex occasus
Which translates into english :
from the settings at the top of grave
or setting (of the sun, etc); the west; fall, destruction.
Could equal "First Heavy From The West
Look at the ladys hand holding a wrench.
I will digg around some more....
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
That patch is rather alarming. And the mission is, with all that's going on so far this year, quite concerning. Have we ever launched from anywhere other than Cape Kennedy? In fact, with what's happened at the Tampa Airport and with the GPS "testing" going on in the southeast, it seems to me that it's quite possibly related. Maybe for some reason they can't launch from the Cape.