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KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« on: 09/17/2011 07:23 PM »
Here are some pictures.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #1 on: 09/17/2011 07:23 PM »
Here is the mapping camera.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #3 on: 09/17/2011 07:23 PM »

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #4 on: 09/17/2011 07:25 PM »
Some more.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #5 on: 09/17/2011 07:45 PM »
Fact sheet.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #6 on: 09/17/2011 09:44 PM »
Thanks for posting those Blackstar. Looking forward to future articles.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #7 on: 09/17/2011 09:49 PM »
I heard a lot of really interesting stuff.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #8 on: 09/17/2011 10:58 PM »
I heard a lot of really interesting stuff.

I'll bet!  Probably never imagined you be able to see these beauties. Great way to tie up loose ends after all that hard work of research.

Have a great time tonight!
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« Reply #9 on: 09/17/2011 11:07 PM »
Holy cow! In the "flesh and blood" after ALL these years. Thank you!

Gotta create some new folders.
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #10 on: 09/17/2011 11:37 PM »
LOTS of videos and documents now posted at the NRO web-site!!!

http://www.nro.mil/foia/declass/GAMBHEX.html

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #11 on: 09/17/2011 11:40 PM »
LOTS of videos and documents now posted at the NRO web-site!!!

http://www.nro.mil/foia/declass/GAMBHEX.html



WOW!!

Thanks for pointing that out!
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #12 on: 09/18/2011 12:08 AM »
LOTS of videos and documents now posted at the NRO web-site!!!

http://www.nro.mil/foia/declass/GAMBHEX.html

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #13 on: 09/18/2011 12:18 AM »
So far the history documents I've read have the ground resolutions of the Gambit as it was developed all redacted...
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #14 on: 09/18/2011 12:25 AM »
Hexagon was actually cancelled at one point before it ever flew but was re-instated.  The blanks for the primary mirrors were produced in West Germany.
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #15 on: 09/18/2011 12:54 AM »
That fact sheet looks so very '70s--it's like they wrote it up when the thing was developed and just classified it until now.

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #16 on: 09/18/2011 12:59 AM »


The corrogated metal skin is really surprising.  Could it fly in space that way or is it just a temporary covering of the engineering model?
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #17 on: 09/18/2011 01:08 AM »


The corrogated metal skin is really surprising.  Could it fly in space that way or is it just a temporary covering of the engineering model?

It looks more like a version of stringer/skin construction to me than corrugation but yeah, sure it could. It was probably covered in thermal insulation (MLI of some kind) and possibly an optical coating to reduce visibility - though the PV arrays would have been pretty reflective so maybe not.
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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #18 on: 09/18/2011 01:22 AM »


The corrogated metal skin is really surprising.  Could it fly in space that way or is it just a temporary covering of the engineering model?

It looks more like a version of stringer/skin construction to me than corrugation but yeah, sure it could. It was probably covered in thermal insulation (MLI of some kind) and possibly an optical coating to reduce visibility - though the PV arrays would have been pretty reflective so maybe not.

You can actually see a part of that (MLI over the stringers) in IMG_0205
here:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=26760.msg808375#msg808375

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Re: KH-9 HEXAGON Reconnaissance Satellite
« Reply #19 on: 09/18/2011 02:19 AM »


1.  The corrogated metal skin is really surprising. 

2.Could it fly in space that way or is it just a temporary covering of the engineering model?

1.  Not really, that's how standard aerospace structures look like

2.  there would be MLI on it.


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