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KH-7 GAMBIT-1 / KH-8 GAMBIT-3 / KH-9 HEXAGON
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:43:33 am »
Gee Dwayne, you don't even pimp your own articles around here..... :)

"Later this week the National Reconnaissance Office is going to reveal information on two of its Cold War era satellite programs, HEXAGON and GAMBIT, and publicly unveil hardware that has been classified for decades."

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1927/1

You mentioned they dropped the film back to earth and the programs were used up to the mid eighties. Were the film versions used up until the eighties, and where did the film splash down, and what team retrieved it? (assuming you might know that at this stage)


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Re: KH-7 GAMBIT-1 / KH-8 GAMBIT-3 / KH-9 HEXAGON
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2011, 12:49:22 pm »
Fliers that were being handed out in Udvar Hazy Parking Lot today....
 
I will PDF these eventually, but for now, these teasers will do...

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2011, 12:53:19 pm »
300 DPI scans of specific handout details:
 
 

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2011, 12:58:06 pm »
HEXAGON....

Apologies for blurriness of these; these are from mass produced laser printout copies...
 
 

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2011, 01:18:11 pm »
Now, here's a SPF.com exclusive:
 
I got photographs of the GAMBIT that was on display for the 4,000 person reception that night. It was behind a curtain in the main hall of U-H, just past where the F-14 is.
 
Don't ask me how I got them.  B)

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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2011, 01:28:20 pm »
[quote author=RyanCrierie link=topic=13741.msg134511#msg134511 Don't ask me how I got them.  B)

 
I know! You traded these for the as-yet unrevealed hacked photos of Scarlett Johannson...
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2011, 01:30:58 pm »
Some more GAMBIT pix:

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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2011, 01:34:10 pm »
MOAR!
 
I do wish my camera had been a 5D Mark II; I could have gotten much clearer and brighter pictures. U-H is murder on cameras.

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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2011, 01:38:23 pm »
When I went back out before I left, they had a TV playing restored footage from some formerly top secret information film on the HEXAGON program, and every so often, the screen and sound would cut to this blank screen and say REDACTED.  :'(

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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2011, 01:42:23 pm »
nice Illustration for those documents on NRO Webpage
http://www.nro.gov/foia/declass/collections.html
you known about there spysats, with allot blacked phrase in it...
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2011, 02:22:40 pm »
The 7 at an undisclosed facility.

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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2011, 02:23:41 pm »
The 8 at an undisclosed facility.

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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2011, 02:37:30 pm »
Re: The Camera.

So THAT'S what that thing standing next to the GAMBIT at U-H was...

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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2011, 02:40:14 pm »
Now onto HEXAGON.

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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2011, 02:45:04 pm »
More HEXAGON