What’s the first thing you think about when you think of NASA’s space shuttle program? Sally Ride? Spinning in microgravity? The Challenger explosion? That episode of the Simpsons? You might not think about the US military and intelligence community launching spy satellites, but you should. NASA’s shuttles were…
The world’s most powerful rocket launched this weekend carrying... well, we’re still not quite sure what it was carrying (although speculation suggests a super secret spy satellite). What we do know is this: it launched, and it looked incredible.
We don’t know the type or purpose of the new spy satellite being launched by the US National Reconnaissance Office. What we do know is that its launch, aboard the world’s largest rocket, is happening today at 1:59 p.m. EDT—and it’s definitely going to look spectacular. [Update: The launch is now on Saturday, on…
The designer of National Reconnoissance Office mission patches has to be cackling gleefully over how popular the purple storm-lady of NROL-35 has become, especially as it's been less than a year since we all stopped to admire the globe-strangling octopus. So, what's the deal? Do they hold hidden messages?
Last year, the National Reconnaissance Office sparked a media frenzy when it released a spy satellite mission patch depicting an Earth-eating octopus. But, that's not even close to the weirdest logos bestowed upon U.S. spy satellites—and space enthusiasts believe they're codes for the secret mission payloads.
The past nine months have been a real getting-to-know-you period between the National Security Agency and the American people, but the balance of intel is definitely skewed.
It sounds like a joke, but this octopus, which looks like it might just eat the Earth, waving its tentacles over the slogan "Nothing is Beyond Our Reach," is the logo for NROL-39, the latest satellite mission launched by the United States' National Reconnaissance Office.
Ethics aside, espionage is an indispensable part of statecraft. The ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance] information gathered helps steer national policy decisions for everything from mundane trade negotiations to the blackest of ops. And nowhere is this more evident than in the development of the US…
What do you know about the National Reconnaissance Office? Did you know that the shadowy space agency has two spy telescopes more powerful than the Hubble that they're simply not using anymore? And did you know that it gifted them to NASA for studying the secrets of the universe? Yep, that's exactly what happened.
The HEXAGON satellite spied on America's Cold War foes for over a decade, taking extremely detailed (film!) photographs from space. It was 60 feet long—bigger than a bus. And the public never, ever saw it. We did.