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The primary purpose of the SDS satellites is to relay imagery from low-flying reconnaissance satellites, notably the Keyhole optic reconnaissance and Lacrosse/Onyx radar reconnaissance satellites to ground stations in the United States.
Originally posted by Nicolas Flamel
Given that so much information can be gleaned by just observing a launch, should the military stop people from viewing the flights?
How do you prevent people from observing a rocket launch?
Originally posted by SolidGoal
Just my 2 cents...
Hiding a launch from a normal citizen is difficult but probably feasible. As planetX mentioned, there is a lot of room on earth for hidden launch bases.
Hiding a launch from other nations (especially Russia) is quite another game.
There are satellites in orbit designed specifically to detect rocket plumes (early detection systems for ICBM launches). Cold war era relics. I imagine there is more sophisticated ways to detect those launches nowadays.
So IMO it is quite impossible to launch something in orbit, without anyone noticing it.
Its just that the "notice" might not trickle down to us, normal citizens.edit on 21-6-2012 by SolidGoal because: typoedit on 21-6-2012 by SolidGoal because: (no reason given)