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SkyMan1958
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posted 12-06-2013 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NROL-39 was launched last night from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. From its flight parameters it is inferred to be a radar reconnaissance satellite.

Its mission patch is an octopus with arms surrounding the world and the phrase, "Nothing is Beyond Our Reach" at the bottom of the patch. I've already seen comments in the Russian media about how it is an evil looking octopus strangling the world.

I'm a little surprised given the NRO's current PR disaster that they didn't make a more PC type patch. Of course, radar reconnaissance is typically a more military related endeavor as opposed to signal intelligence type satellites.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-06-2013 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NRO spokesperson Karen Furgerson provided this explanation to Forbes:
NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide. "Nothing is beyond our reach" defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiently all over the globe, protecting our nation.

cspg
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posted 12-06-2013 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Approved by the NSA.

Jim Behling
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posted 12-06-2013 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SkyMan1958:
I'm a little surprised given the NRO's current PR disaster.
What NRO PR disaster?

SkyMan1958
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posted 12-06-2013 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My bad, I meant NSA, not NRO.

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