Eye In The Sky

Wired: With New Mini-Satellites, Special Ops Takes Its Manhunts Into Space

Thankfully, such technology could never be used here in America against the President’s domestic opponents.

I have Lee Greenwood’s word of honor on such things.


16 responses to “Eye In The Sky

  1. Anonymous

    Well…so long as you have Lee Greenwood’s word on it…

  2. There are books on designing such satellites available for pretty cheap… Individuals inside FreeFor could easily raise the cash to pay for construction and launch of such a device, the only difficulties that exist are finding a sufficient brain trust to construct the sub-systems and finding someone to launch it. If you send it abroad to be launched or you share schematics you’re going to run in to export control problems from State.

  3. Exl – good thinking. FreeFor needs our own technology, like micro-drones, full size drones, mini-sats, and rockets to get them into orbit.

    As far as the rockets go I’ve been around the edges of the hi-power rocket (hobby) scene and there is a lot of knowledge in that group.

    From the Wikipedia article on Amateur Rocketry you can see that a few teams have gotten their rockets into space:

    On May 17, 2004, Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) successfully achieved the first officially verified flight of an amateur high-power rocket into space, achieving an altitude of 72 miles (115 km).[6]

    Prior to that, the Reaction Research Society on November 23, 1996 launched a solid-fuel rocket, designed by longtime member George Garboden, to an altitude of 50 miles (80 km) from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.[7]

    • Exactly, my friend. The angry responses of a few the luddites who think reading a novel and adding III at the end of their handle makes them an authority on 4th and 5th generation warfare and the overwhelming reliance on technology. I’d love to discuss this further with you.

  4. Oh, for Christ’s sake. FreeFor can’t muster more than a dozen or so men at a designated place and time. Exactly what the fuck good is a satellite or a drone gonna do?

    Victory is laying waste to the enemy and a soldier planting a flag. It has always been so.

    So please, let’s not talk about some other unrealistic attribute that keeps the patriot on the couch or at the keyboard keeping him safe and comfy rather than closing with and destroying the enemy with great trial and tribulation.

    • Mr. Outlaw….”Oh, for Christ’s sake. FreeFor can’t muster more than a dozen or so men at a designated place and time. Exactly what the fuck good is a satellite or a drone gonna do?”

      Thank you for the dose of common sense.

      • Bill Harzia

        Exactly, Dan. Also, what good is all that space junk going to do, when the guy who sits at the console controlling it “has an accident” on his way to work?

        Don’t fight the machine, fight the man.

    • Daniel K Day

      Let me see, let me see… half a million dollars worth of satellite plus launch plus monitoring, vs. half a million dollars worth of rifles, Eotechs and ammunition… what to do, what to do?

  5. B Woodman

    Well, if the FreeFor community does decide to launch or build something, I’m a pretty good electronic tech (not engineer) and can help build and test what someone else designs.

  6. Grenadier1

    I am a big fan of technology as a force multiplier but Alan is right. Lets keep the focus for FreeFor on something acheivable. We do need remote sensors and there are ways to acheive that inside the atmosphere, but I would be happy if we could just get a few sensors off their ass and into the field.

  7. Guys, guys! I made an error a while back, digging in on Pete, because he showed some high dollar items that few of us could afford. Pete even responded graciously in kind that perhaps he was not as sensitive to his audience and their status. He hardly needed to, since it is his site, and he puts things on it that interest him. Which brings us to this. A lot, and I mean a whole lot of the things discussed here is not only pie in the sky, but out there in la la land. Talking, and doing are two things that often don’t ever meet, although there are many here with the experience and savior faire to get er’ done. But for me, I got to hand it to Pete, he’s into everything, and everywhere. A great many people will clutch at the heels of an angel, to keep it from flying where they never will, or can’t. The rub is, do we do it out of jealousy, or reason? Sure as hell, the number of us that will get involved personally with satellites, intelligence operations, drones, complicated math problems, and actual field operations will be small. But please, don’t scrub the man raw because he’s way past your talent. This is a man who has a site that we are drawn to because we have a common cause, together. He puts it on because he wants to, not because he has to. I try to ponder what’s said and done here a lot, before I comment on it, but even then, a lot is beyond my ken. But the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. Freedom. And how we get there is going to take everything we have, and more. There are no guarantees we’ll get there, or even last a year trying. Look at what the man posts, ponder, and reflect. He is throwing a lot of himself into it, and probably more than he should, and the return is negligible. The Definition of what is a Patriot. We are honored by his efforts to educate, enlighten, and enrich. Me, I ought to be slapped, hard. Here is CA. When, comes such another? ( yes, I borrowed from Julius Ceasar, and yes, I know he’s not dead. Flagellate me at your leisure.)

    • Grenadier1

      Sean your points are so valid and true about Pete, a man I have got to know over the last year or so personally via our local efforts in our shared AO. I just want to clarify, my dig was not toward Pete or his posting of any information. I think his intention here was to point out the efforts of our masters to increase their operational capabilities. My dig was toward those who think we have to match those abilities with like technology when that technology requires a significant outlay of resources and footprint. We cant go blow for blow or we will end up like the Russians, flat broke sitting on a pile of decaying tech that never quite matched up. I appreciate the suggestions and out of the box thinking of these folks thats fine and good but we should literally keep things a little more down to earth here. For starters who needs rockets and such when we have High altitude Balloons? The poor mans satellite.

  8. How about a decent standardized (SAE & metric) 3d printable file for rapid scalable production of stabilization fins for anti-armor rockets (…or mortar rounds…or rifle grenades) that can be assembled from hardware store fittings for the rocket body and launch tube? Printable PBA plastic nozzles for “lost wax” style casting for [rocket] motors?

    Pre-speced standoff insert for shaped charges sized for standard PVC housings?

    Printable single piece sleeve design for slot-mounted arrow fletching of dowel or tubular aluminum shafts, packaged with designs for sleeves for mounting break-away points (with convenient integral reservoirs)?

    Let’s see them put that toothpaste back in the tube…

  9. Greygrandpa

    A 19 inch whip is a quarter wave length on about 140-144mhz which is a military band. If you have a tunable receiver, start listening around/