Re: Pine Gap

Message posted by Trevor on November 14, 2005 at 9:49:18 PST:

The way I understand it, Pine Gap is one of three reconnaissance satellite "downlinks" - i.e. a place that collects satellite data from U.S. 'birds.'

The other two are Menwith Hill in the U.K. and Onizuka AFS at the "Blue Cube" in Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale). Onizuka is slated to close with the next round of base closures, so I'd guess that it will be replaced by USAF Space Command in Colorado, but I don't know.

Of course, there might be other uses for Pine Gap as well, but it's pretty well-known for the satellite stuff. I think that there's some info about it in James Bamford's book "Body of Secrets" and probably some more in Burrows' book "Deep Black," which is about spy satellites.


In Reply to: Re: Pine Gap posted by DavidSanders on November 14, 2005 at 8:52:40 PST:


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