Archive for September, 2011

Not recycled into Soda Cans yet

Caught during a bus tour of the AMARC disposal yard in late August.

What appears to be four Grumman F-14 Tomcat’s still intact and waiting to be recycled to prevent their parts from making it to the Iranians (to help them maintain their fleet)

 

Want to see a 60’s era spy sat?

Agena Upper Stage by rob-the-org
Agena Upper Stage, a photo by rob-the-org on Flickr.

This weekend (Sat, 9/17), the NRO will be showing off its newly declassified HEXAGON (KH-9) for one day only at the National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, VA.

After it is shown at UHC, it will be taken to the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH to go on permanent display there.

Related links;

– NASM Press release – http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/pressroom/releaseDetail.cfm?releaseID=268

– Space review article on the upcoming declassification of this and another spy sat (useful for the scale drawing of different sat’s) – http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1927/1

Update – 9/19….

Here is a link to the SpaceflightNow story of the Hexagon display.  Includes a picture of a Hexagon being prepared for flight testing.