Re: NRO Launch from Vandenberg

Message posted by Peter Merlin on September 01, 2013 at 13:46:10 PST:

I didn't mean that SR-71 came back because KH-11 was terminated. I meant that KH-11 came back because the FIA optical satellite was terminated.

SR-71 came back for a while because some people recognized that it still had value, and because there was nothing to adequately replace its capabilities. The U-2 is a great platform but flies lower and slower than the Blackbird, and satellites have predictable orbits.

In Reply to: Re: NRO Launch from Vandenberg posted by Thud on August 31, 2013 at 15:18:41 PST:


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