posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 01:08 PM
It is lunch time so I can sit down to post more information.
As an aside, lughtning frequently goes from the ground to the air. KSC is a major center for lightning studies, because of the harm lightning can do
to missiles and equipment during a launch. A whole network of sensors are present at the Cape and on KSC, and they can detect changing electrical
charges on the ground before a lightning strike occurs, even when initiated by clouds. That is another topic, however, and I want to stay on course
with this one.
Like with the Dulce Canyon thread, I'm not seeing the responses I was wanting, so I might as well spill the beans again. Low earth orbits are key
for high-resolution ground observation satellites. However, most satellites from non-classified sources would not be sophisticated enough to utilize
such an energy source as the radiation within the South Atlantic Anomaly. Therefore, only an agency with significant resources, both in terms of
money and cutting edge technology, could utilize this concept. I hope this is understood, because it is as far as I will go with this portion of the
topic. Do not even bother asking what agencies might be involved, because I will not answer to the negative or affirmative.
Back to the Anomaly itself. I did mention earlier that while this is by far the largest, it is not the only problem location. Expanding on what i
said earlier, there are many types of sites that have been identified. For nearly all of them of significant size, they are high enough in the
atmosphere to not affect routine human events. The small numbers of ones that do have the capacity to affect human efforts are very interesting.
Most of these sites are in the same locations of known magnetic ground anomalies, such as I mentioned about aviation maps. While I definitely do not
want to pursue this at this time, I will mention that a fair number of these locations are associated with a "higher than normal" number of UFO
sightings. That also would have to be another topic at another time.
The GPCs, or General Purpose Computers, aboard the orbiters are badly outdated, so that any complication on-orbit activities are routinely controlled
by laptops taken into space by the crew. They plug into the GPC system and the laptop can override the GPCs themselves. This becomes a problem in
the Anomaly, because there have been times that while right in the middle of such an activity, as they go into the Anomaly, the laptop flips out.
Sometimes the data becomes erroneous, sometimes it becomes completely garbled, and sometimes the laptop just flat out crashes. As you could imagine,
neither NASA nor the crews appreciate it when this happens. Earlier,they even took up "hardened" laptops meant to survive the EMP of a nuclear
blast, but they still fell under the effects of the Anomaly. Without giving additional information, some important people have intentionally used the
Anomaly to learn how to function with electronics equipment in a high-radiation area. All of that information is classified, but it should be
interesting just to know that has happened.
That should be enough for one post. I hope this continues to be interesting to those who read this.