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Huge Delta rocket flies from Vandenberg, California

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posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 11:27 AM
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Huge Delta rocket flies from Vandenberg, California


www.bbc.co.uk

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)
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 11:27 AM
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Had a look around the forums quickly but could not find anything relating to this missile launch....thought some of you guys on here may have some idea what this may be in aid of....

I wasnt aware that rockets this size could be classifed and if so how long before we know what it is meant for....It mentions CIA so I am assuming this probably isnt for our benefit....

www.bbc.co.uk
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 11:36 AM
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There was another thread about this someplace earlier.... though it still did not mention what the payload was for.



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 11:54 AM
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Here you go


Delta IV Heavy launch, called NROL-49.
This mission is national reconnaissance office as well and its details and payload are classified.

The United Launch Alliance website has details of the launch here:

United Launch Alliance

This launch is another in the series classified reconnaissance satellites of what are known as Mentor spacecraft, a.k.a. Advanced Orion, which gather signals intelligence from inclined geosynchronous orbits. They are among the largest satellites ever deployed.

A lovely photo of the NROL-49 -


Photo Courtesy of www.comspacewatch.com...



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 12:34 PM
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The patch for this mission is unsettling. I'd like to see someone with a good understanding of symbolism dissect what the meaning behind the patch could be.
edit on 21-1-2011 by DroppinSuga because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:01 PM
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It is unerving, and when deciphered ...well lets just say that wont put your fears to rest.


MELIOR DIABOLUS QUEM SCIES



Translates into english from latin as -

better than the devil, whom thou shalt know


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.
www.thespacereview.com...

For more details about this patch, and other mission patches, see my signature



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:07 PM
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Thank you for the info! You were just the guy I was looking for, as I read your thread about mission patches a few days ago. I didn't notice your presence in the thread earlier (doh!).

But again, thanks for the info!



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:29 PM
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Its ~gal~, and thanks!


Another poster has located a mission patch, which is interesting.
Check it out....

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....


www.abovetopsecret.com...
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posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:34 PM
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Oops! I'm sorry. This darn interwebz makes it hard to tell gender.



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:36 PM
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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.
edit on 1/21/2011 by ~Lucidity because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:39 PM
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Yes, it does. Understandable happens all the time.
I need to get a latin phrase, and put it on my avatar -
Hints at being female and all that.

Here is an awesome video which I will embed but most likely wont play on here,
just click on the "watch on YouTube" link.

Its incredible...and to answer, no I am not one of the gals in that video.





posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:44 PM
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reply to post by burntheships
 


When I click the "Watch on YouTube" link it says the video has been removed by the author.



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:45 PM
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Here's a link to the thread you are talking about:

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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I tried.
Still working on it...
edit on 21-1-2011 by burntheships because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 01:50 PM
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reply to post by burntheships
 

Already gone
Thanks for trying!



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 02:11 PM
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reply to post by ~Lucidity
 


This one still works, and its actually just as good, or better.




www.youtube.com...



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 02:38 PM
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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.


FWIW this particular launch has been planned for several years. It's taken that long to build the rocket (in Alabama), transport it to California, and set it all up. Planning for this launch likely started a decade ago, so comparing to recent events is probably not at all valid. This is the first of seven Delta launches for 2011, including two more heavies. Some will be in Florida, some at Vandenberg.

YES, we have launched many times from other than Canaveral. The Vandenberg launch facility has been there many years and launched its first missile in 1958. It actually has six active launch sites. This is the first Delta "Heavy" launched from Vandenberg. "Heavy" effectively means the rocket itself and two boosters. Normal Delta rockets do not have the boosters.

Vandenberg is not close to the equator so it isn't suitable for some launches, but, apparenrtly, is good for polar track satellites. This one is a spy satellite, of course, and will join a zillion others already up there. This launch is really nothing out of the ordinary



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 03:33 PM
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reply to post by burntheships
 

Thanks, burn...very cool.

reply to post by schuyler
 

Thanks for the explanations, schuyler. I did look more things up (in the other thread, There's another site on the east coast, an island off Virginia that's actually the oldest launch site it the world too. (I think lol...I'm getting confused between threads!). What you've explained and added here really rounds things out.

Interesting about west coast launches too not being able to reach the ISS (think someone posted that in the other thread).



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 03:52 PM
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Being that I know quite a lot of people working for USAF Space Command....[some] patches are for fun....some are real unit patches....some are not. For example....one of USAF Space Command's unit patch
Each crew has their own design. Couple of more: Actual Unit Patch
this one some should love
actual unit patch


Many of the patches you find are just jokes...they are like trading cards....so you cannot take most you see online as serious... Such as this..


With that said...I have watched a number of launches while living on VAFB....awesome to watch and listen too


I got a message from my friend who is currently there while she was watching this one launch....wish I had been there.
edit on January 21st 2011 by greeneyedleo because: clarified what I meant to say....



posted on Jan, 21 2011 @ 03:55 PM
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Sorry but that patch you linked to with the smiling monkey seems a lot different than the hell fire devil patch on this rocket.

The patch is scary. Reminds me of a phoenix in flames getting ready for rebirth. Definitely not in the same realm as the monkey fun patch. Sorry.
edit on 21-1-2011 by Smell The Roses because: (no reason given)




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