Something odd happened a few days ago, high above our heads. In an earlier blogpost, I discussed in detail how the odd spy satellite USA 276 (2017-022A) was set to make a peculiarly close approach to the International Space Station ISS on 3 June 2017. The spy satellite was recently launched for the NRO as NROL-76 by SpaceX, on 1 May 2017.


marco is the titz

    Dear Ics.

    Good for you. It is my blog, so I can do whatever I like.

    In case you haven't noticed in your southern US bubble (I see you are from Virginia): the rest of the world is looking with bewilderment to the giant clusterfuck that is your current US government.

    A president that doesn't even know that his own regional military headquarters is in the country he just disavowed and threw to the dogs (Qatar, which is home to US CENTCOM forward headquarters and with this vital to US military activities in the Middle East), and who managed to set up many of his strongest and longtime allies in Europe against him within barely 4 months of his government, is exactly the kind of president under whom's government these kind of weird shenanigans with ISS and the ISS partners do no longer come as a surprise.

    It is part of a persistent pattern of not giving a sh*t about his international alliances and of very ill informed and unwise actions by a man who seems to think he doesn't need facts or informed advise before acting.

    I have no doubt his administration won't last long, the signs are on the wall for an impeachment. Unfortunately, the damage he is doing to international relations will last long.


Hypothesis: it's a Prowler. Launch it SpaceX, muddy the waters, skip a date, get it closer, sniff the ISS to calibrate with known signals, inspect for possible Russian signals you're unaware of, then dump it in the ocean and put up a for real one on the X-37.

posted by francopoli: 407 days ago