Re: NROL-38 pre-launch elements

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@online.nl)
Date: Sat Jun 16 2012 - 21:32:25 UTC

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    Op 16-6-2012 21:59, Ted Molczan schreef:
    
    > Others have noted the three-headed dragon on the patch, that has long been associated with SIGINT or COMINT missions.
    > Considering the high-level warning issued several years ago to avoid those sorts of leaks, I have tended to discount
    > recent patches, many of which have been rather bland. I have also been wary of the possibility that new patches might
    > use old themes in new ways to muddy the record. Yet some recent patches seem to have revealed useful information.
    
    
    There is actually a second patch for NROL-38 that depicts the Egyptian god 
    Anubis, and shows parts of the northern hemisphere with Europe and N-Africa visible:
    
    http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b176/marcoaliaslama/satellites/NROL38_Anubis_patch_sml.jpg
    
    Maybe a clue, but for reasons Ted outlines above and in which he is very right, 
    maybe not.
    
    The patch of NROL-27 (USA 227), the SDS geostationary launch previous to this, 
    did seem to contain some possible geographic clues in hindsight: 
    http://sattrackcam.blogspot.nl/2011/04/on-nrol-27-mission-patch-and-satellites.html
    
    - Marco
    
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