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Originally posted by poet1b
What are the odds that we have our own secret space station under Navy command?
Our Mission: Innovative Overhead Intelligence Systems for National Security In recent years, the NRO has implemented a series of actions declassifying some of its operations. The organization was declassified in September 1992 followed by the location of its headquarters in Chantilly, VA, in 1994. In February 1995, CORONA, a photoreconnaissance program in operation from 1960 to 1972, was declassified and 800,000 CORONA images were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration. In December 1996, the NRO announced for the first time, in advance, the launch of a reconnaissance satellite.
Worldwide demand for launches of payloads that weigh
between 11.4 mt and 25 mt, referred to as heavy-launch
demand by the FAA, is projected to be about 20 annually,
much less than the estimated capacity (see Box 1-1 on
page 4). Several current launch systems can accommodate
the lifting of payloads at the upper end of that range (or
beyond) into certain low earth orbits, including the space
shuttle and the heavy-lift version of Boeing’s Delta IV
Quote from : Wikipedia : Mojave Air and Space Port
The Mojave Air and Space Port (IATA: MHV, ICAO: KMHV), also known as the Civilian Aerospace Test Center, is located in Mojave, California, at an elevation of 2,791 feet (851 m).
It is the first facility to be licensed in the United States for horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft, being certified as a spaceport by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 17, 2004.
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Quote from : Wiipedia : International Air Transport Association airport code
An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier, is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The characters prominently displayed on baggage tags attached at airport check-in desks are an example of a way these codes are used.
The assignment of these codes is governed by IATA Resolution 763, and it is administered by IATA headquarters in Montreal.
The codes are published biannually in the IATA Airline Coding Directory.
Most countries use ICAO codes, not IATA codes, in their official aeronautical publications.
IATA also provides codes for railway stations and for airport handling entities.
A list of airports sorted by IATA code is available. A list of railway stations codeshared in agreements between airlines and rail lines such as Amtrak, SNCF French Rail, Deutsche Bahn is available.
There is also a separate List of Amtrak station codes, three-character codes used by Amtrak for its railway stations in the United States and Canada.
Quote from : Wikipedia : International Civil Aviation Organization airport code
The ICAO (pronounced /ˌaɪˌkeɪˈoʊ/, as if "I-K-O") airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world.
These codes are defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and published in ICAO Document 7910: Location Indicators.
The ICAO codes are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning.
They are not the same as the IATA codes encountered by the general public, which are used for airline timetables, reservations, and baggage handling.
For example, travellers who use London's Heathrow Airport will most likely be familiar with its IATA code: LHR.
They are less likely, however, to be familiar with the ICAO code: EGLL.
ICAO codes are also used to identify other locations such as weather stations, International Flight Service Stations or Area Control Centers, whether or not they are located at airports.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
Now that's a very interesting reply..
That does seem odd.
checking out the info now
Originally posted by daveyboy1991
Wow this is amazing, im studying about the cold war at uni, might just have to use some of these facts to stand out from the rest eh
brilliant thread guys!
And didnt it...
... use kerosene for fuel, which is much less destructive of the environment then what the shuttle used?
Originally posted by SLAYER69.
Maybe Zorgon has a link on that subject up his sleeve. If not I'll look into it. That's a great idea. Compare launch to payload costs...
Why do you think NASA has been reluctant to allow tourists in space, like Dennis Tito, for example?
Well, it's the mentality that "we own space." NASA stands for "No Access to Space for Americans" -- that's what it stands for to me and to most Americans. NASA has exclusive control and a lock on everything having to do with space, except for the Russian side. And they were just beyond belief in being rude and obnoxious [in response to Dennis Tito's trip]. It was just embarrassing to this country.
"The Lego Company, being active in the non space area, in co-operation with Intospace, a space industry service provider, developed a space education project aimed at developing, launching and operating a Lego Robot on the Space Station. This series is a highly sophisticated assembly set with programmable microchips and advanced reaction systems such as light-, touch or rotational sensors. The space environment of the ISS was perceived as the right scenario for this hi-tech project."
Source - Smithsonian
Just EXACTLY WHO are they advertising to?