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Originally posted by Cinaed
reply to post by FurvusRexCaeli
Okay maybe you can make heads or tails out of this site???
What Is It? TacSat-4 is a Navy-led joint mission to provide relevant capabilities and to enable Operationally Responsive Space. TacSat-4 provides ten Ultra High Frequency (UHF) channels, which can be used for any combination of communications, data exfiltration, or Blue Force tracking. Notably, TacSat-4 provides communications-on-the move with legacy radios and provides a wide band "MUOS-like" channel for early testing.
How Does It Work? TacSat-4 uses relatively low-cost, small satellite and launch vehicle technologies. The spacecraft is 450kg with a 1000W solar array and a 12 foot diameter payload antenna to provide high gain, enabling most communications-on-the-move to be supported without ground antenna pointing. A "low HEO" (highly elliptical orbit) with a 4 hour period (6 orbits per day) provides long dwells over theaters.
What Will It Accomplish? TacSat-4 will augment operational communications. Ten UHF channels will allow communication-onthe-move, data-exflitration, and Blue Force tracking. The unique orbit augments geosynchronous communications by allowing near global, but not continuous, coverage including the high latitudes.
“TacSat-4 fills a Navy and Marine Corps capability gap by enabling ‘comms on the move,’” said Bob McCoy, an ONR senior scientist. “That is a unique feature of this system—no other Department of Defense [DoD] satellite system can relay information from the satellite all the way down to warfighters’ portable communications packs and handheld radios.”
It enables warfighters to use a regular handheld radio for mobile communications without having to stop and set up an antenna in the field. This eliminates downtime and maintains connectivity to the base of operations at all times, so one is never out of touch, said John Moniz, ONR’s program officer for Expeditionary Warfare Command, Control, Computers and Communication, whose work could potentially benefit from TacSat-4.
Originally posted by Cinaed
*****he September launch calls for using a Minotaur IV rocket, used by the Air Force to deliver nuclear weapons. It is set to take place between 7:49 a.m. and 8:56 a.m.*****
I don't know what it all means but I find it pretty interesting....
Originally posted by BadNinja68
Originally posted by RelentlessLurker
what the OP is trying to say,
is that IF the exercise is REALLY supposed to be simulating a DEFCON 1 status. then its doubtful they would be deploying any scheduled unrelated satellites launches until we are no longer at the level of "maximum readiness for imminent nuclear war" . unless of course its offensive/defensive move related to the situation.
a DEFCON status is not relegated to one region, its the state of the entire nation's military.
you dont just casually go to a defcon 1 in Colorado, and have everything be peachy in alaska. specially if its the navy launching it as they too would be at the same readiness level.
there is no level higher than defcon 1. i would think if we were in a situation like that, and we launched a satellite, it would probably be perceived by our enemy as an attack on them (icbm or something).
Now IF we ASSUME ( I know I hate that word) that the above post is accurate, what other reason would recommend a launch.. that could upset the enemy.. unless the "enemy" isnt a country, but an event.
Asteroid, ET, earthquake,CME, smurf inavsion, etc....
I would venture a guess that the two are indeed coinnected, possibly to prepare for any number of disasters.
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
Originally posted by TheLieWeLive
Ya'll wanna really fear monger?
No, we do not. We want to ask questions and find answers.
Originally posted by MountainEnigma
reply to post by Cinaed
I agree that the timing is REALLY bad!! The Russians were informed of the event, but supposedly NOT the reason why. So, will they automatically assume that our government is going to bomb them and start WWIII???