GW_Simulations - 10/5/2008 5:21 AMSome of the ones that haven't launched yet (Satellite types are guessed based on patches and known mission parameters):NROL-25 - NOSS "Altair" - Delta IVM+(5,2) - 2011NROL-26 - Adv. Orion or Prowler - Delta IVH - 9 September 2008L-27 (DIVM+(4,2), April 2010) is probably Trumpet, L-15 (DIVH, April 2011) and L-32 (December 2009) could be GSO ELINTs. L-49 (DIVH, December 2010) is probably the last Improved Crystal, but it could be Lacrosse. L-29 (Atlas, TBD) is probably radar reconnaissance, hit by huge delays following the failure of L-21, which would explain the dissapearence from the schedules. The same could apply for L-39 (Atlas, 2011). Not sure about L-34 (AV401, October 2009), but possibly NOSS. I really don't know about L-41 (AV501, 2010), probably something with high volume and low mass. I would guess a follow-up to either Lacrosse (Like L-29) or Improved Crystal. These are just guesses, and time will show how many are correct.
faustod - 10/5/2008 4:44 PM1- I read somewhere that Prowler is the followon of Trumpet. So, I understand that NROL-26 will be an Adv.Orion in case of a GTO launch, otherwise it will be a Prowler, if the launch will be to a Molniya type orbit.
2- I suppose that the already launched NROL-22 and NROL-28, were Trumpet/Prowler type.
3- About NROL-34 and NROL-25(probably NOSS), I noted that the previous NOSS sats, were launched: NROL-13 and NRO-18 from VAFB and more recently NROL-23 and NROL-30 from CCAFS. Apparently, this type of sats, will now return to be launched from VAFB.
faustod - 13/5/2008 3:19 PMUSA-141 STEX 03.10.1998 Taurus 1110
WHAP - 13/5/2008 4:50 PMCan you post a picture of the patch?
WHAP - 13/5/2008 6:17 PMThe Joker patch is for Titan/Centaur-13 (Titan 4 A21/K21), which was a Milstar launch on 11/6/95. It is not NROL-2.
WHAP - 13/5/2008 6:17 PMThe Sugar Daddy patch is for Titan/Centaur-16 (Titan 4 A17/K20). This was not a Milstar launch. It occurred on 11/7/97.
What's with the difference in designations?Are you sure? I've already seen two patches for that launch. I would say the number looks more like a 15, not a 16, but it is hard to read given the low quality of the image.Thanks for your help.
I'm pretty sure we called that one "Sweet 16" as in a young girl's 16th birthday - hence the "How Sweet it is" and the "Sugar Daddy" references. I didn't work that mission (since it flew with the older Centaur avionics?) so I didn't get the patch.
I think that it's very probable thatUSA-133 Lacrosse 24.10.1997 Titan IVA was NROL-3.