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Special Ops Takes Its Manhunts Into Space

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the i-don't-think-you'll-find-them-up-there dept.

The Military 32

Wired reports on a cluster of mini-satellites that will soon be launched into orbit that will assist U.S. special forces personnel during manhunts. "SOCOM is putting eight miniature communications satellites, each about the size of a water jug, on top of the Minotaur rocket that's getting ready to launch from Wallops Island, Virginia. They’ll sit more than 300 miles above the earth and provide a new way for the beacons to call back to their masters." When special forces are able to tag their target, the target can be tracked and located through the use of satellites and cell towers, but coverage is poor in many areas of the world. The satellites going up in September will help to fill in some gaps. "This array of configurable 'cubesats' is designed to stay aloft for three years or more. Yes, it will serve as further research project. But 'operators are going to use it,' Richardson promised an industry conference in Tampa last week."

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Laughable (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43789897)

Please Google: NASA secret space program

Shit like this is laughable, we already have space fleets, "off world officers" and much much more. Research Majestic. FFS, research the National Press Club's meeting this year about former military personnel whistleblowing on the secret space program which was not even touched by the main stream media.

Shit is like is completely covert, and the real purpose of anything they put in space is not truely what they say it is.

Also research Bigelow aerospace - the ONLY company in the US with private space stations floating around above the earth.

Re:Laughable (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43789937)

Please Google: NASA secret space program

How am I supposed to monetize and strip the privacy from "NASA secret space program?"

Or, did you mean perform a web search for NASA secret space program? [duckduckgo.com]

I'll be watching you (1, Offtopic)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year ago | (#43789927)

Attention single women of Slashdort. I know this is painful for you, since you all are secretly obsessed with me, but as I have told you many times I only love Laura, so give up and move on. There are plenty of fish in the sea, even though most of the guys on Slashdort are admittedly gross and extremely dull and stupird. Or try lesbianism, it's awesorme.

Hunting men in space (-1)

rossdee (243626) | about a year ago | (#43789943)

I'm dissapointed this isn't a story about Karen Nyberg

Re:Hunting men in space (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43792155)

Or plutonium nyborg.

I spy with my satellite eye. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43790055)

We're getting closer to "Enemy of the State".

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (2, Flamebait)

BlueStrat (756137) | about a year ago | (#43791067)

We're getting closer to "Enemy of the State".

"Closer"!?!?

Not trying to admin somebody else's systems, but...maybe you should consider upgrading your news feed to RFC 1149 or something else a bit swifter. Seems your current one is experiencing...umm...latency-related....uh...shall we say, "issues".

We (in the US) are already there. Just go read the recent news. IRS/TEA Party/medical records seizures, DoJ/reporters, etc etc. It's not "ooh, shiny!" Hollywood, but what in the real world ever is? The results (and the violation, terror, and suffering of innocents) are the same.

"But never mind all that stuff, I heard a fresh rumor about the new i-$DEVICE!!!1!!one!!"

Strat

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (3, Informative)

Charles Duffy (2856687) | about a year ago | (#43793077)

We (in the US) are already there. Just go read the recent news. IRS/TEA Party/medical records seizures, DoJ/reporters, etc etc. It's not "ooh, shiny!" Hollywood, but what in the real world ever is? The results (and the violation, terror, and suffering of innocents) are the same.

Not following the news (retractions) much? That same audit targeted liberal groups with equal opportunity [nytimes.com] -- it did focus on organizations with political-sounding names, but didn't pick bones about which side of the fence that organization was on.

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#43800175)

Not following the news (retractions) much? That same audit targeted liberal groups with equal opportunity [nytimes.com] -- it did focus on organizations with political-sounding names, but didn't pick bones about which side of the fence that organization was on.

I'm sorry, but you are completely wrong.

 

IRS approved liberal groups while Tea Party in limbo [usatoday.com]

WASHINGTON -- In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.

That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn't be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.

In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.

As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups. ...

Lawmakers say IRS targeted dozens more conservative groups than initially believed [foxnews.com]

The IRS targeting of conservative groups is far broader than first reported, with nearly 500 organizations singled out for additional scrutiny, according to two lawmakers briefed by the agency.

IRS officials claimed on Friday that roughly 300 groups received additional scrutiny. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Tuesday that the number has actually risen to 471. Further, they said it is "unclear" whether Tea Party and other conservative groups are being targeted to this day.

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about a year ago | (#43800343)

I'm sorry, but you are completely wrong.

Well to be fair, he's only completely wrong on the *facts*. Other than that... :)

Strat

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about a year ago | (#43793089)

This was moderated "Flamebait"? Really?

Good job striking a blow for oppressive, intrusive government and against those uppity serfs thinking they have rights.

This isn't about political parties. In case you haven't noticed, the government (regardless of which Party is in office) is spying on and violating the rights of *everyone*, including the present administration's "friends" in the mainstream press (AP).

Reminds me of an abused wife that attacks the police who are trying to arrest the husband for beating her bloody.

Strat

Re:I spy with my satellite eye. (1)

cpm99352 (939350) | about a year ago | (#43799901)

Sorry, accidentally hit redundant instead of insightful -- undoing moderation -- I wish there was some confirmation before hitting a negative moderation!

ummm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43790095)

um thats MESSED UP. a man can't outrun a sattelite, thats simply not fair.

"In your face from outer space" (2)

Animats (122034) | about a year ago | (#43790189)

"In your face from outer space" - Motto of the USAF Space Warfare Center, Falcon AFB.

That's from 1996. SWC never really quite lived up to that motto, and their successor, the Space Innovation & Development Center, is more of an R&D operation. It's becoming closer to reality, though.

We'll know it's real the first time some space-based weapon zaps an individual on the ground.

Re:"In your face from outer space" (2)

spire3661 (1038968) | about a year ago | (#43790717)

That would take some Real Genius.

Re:"In your face from outer space" (1)

nanoflower (1077145) | about a year ago | (#43793347)

I guess you will be providing the popcorn?

Re:"In your face from outer space" (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about a year ago | (#43795247)

"In your face from outer space" - Motto of the USAF Space Warfare Center, Falcon AFB.

but can they perform dual use missions such as "Space Patrol" on wandering asteroids? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbYjzZIQwlw [youtube.com]

last week? (2)

ouachiski (835136) | about a year ago | (#43790805)

Is it a time machine??? How can he promise a conference last week?

Re:last week? (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43791537)

Is it a time machine??? How can he promise a conference last week?

Its cheaper, you just have to tell all the interested parties "sorry you missed it"

Manhunt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43791345)

Since when have we accepted this term into our everyday language? Where is the justice in a "hunt"? Hunting ends with a kill, not with a prosecution. Honestly I don't know why we tolerate such dehumanisation. All I have to say is fuck Soulskill for posting this and contributing to the decline.

Re:Manhunt? (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43791545)

Since when have we accepted this term into our everyday language?

Sorry, that was not PC. How about Personhunt?

Where is the justice in a "hunt"? Hunting ends with a kill, not with a prosecution. Honestly I don't know why we tolerate such dehumanisation. All I have to say is fuck Soulskill for posting this and contributing to the decline.

I think that "hunt" is entirely accurate in describing what special forces do, and in the case of Muslim terrorists entirely justified.

Re:Manhunt? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43792075)

The correct term for a "justice hunt" is witchhunt.

Re:Manhunt? (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#43792443)

except we've killed innocent people in a ratio of over 100 to 1 over terrorists with our "War on Terror"

The two major exports of the USA are death and destruction

Re:Manhunt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43794067)

We need to do something to get that trade deficit down.

Re:Manhunt? (1)

JockTroll (996521) | about a year ago | (#43791565)

Since when have we accepted this term into our everyday language?

Since a lot of time. It's OK. Stop whining.

Where is the justice in a "hunt"? Hunting ends with a kill, not with a prosecution.

Nobody fucking cares. That's the way it should be.

Honestly I don't know why we tolerate such dehumanisation.

Why should we care a millifuck what you know or not? If you're ignorant, shit on you. We love the thrill of the hunt and the magic, orgasmic moment when we catch our prey, tear open its throat with our bare teeth and rip its fucking spine out, brandishing it over our head, blood dripping down on us like a crimson shower, bellowing a primal scream of triumph!

Re:Manhunt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43794103)

fuck yeah

Re:Manhunt? (1)

Saethan (2725367) | about a year ago | (#43796371)

I'd like to see the scavenger hunts you've been on.

Sequestration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43791729)

It's a way to save money.
It's a GPS for bad boys, so they can track all of them all the time and wait until they meet in some remote location where they need to use only 1 hellfire missile to kill several of them.

They killed several people all the time, but usually it was their wives and kids and cousins and they had to pay a couple of hundred dollars of blood money per capita for those.

Another military boondoggle (1)

FilmedInNoir (1392323) | about a year ago | (#43792839)

Kim Dotcom is already visible from space.

Not Enough for Continuous Coverage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43795715)

At 300 miles high, eight satellites is not nearly enough for continuous world coverage, so this would only be able to provide semi-periodic updates. Good enough for research, and to supplement whatever they have now. I used http://www.ringbell.co.uk/info/hdist.htm to calculate the footprint at 3142 miles in diameter, and the Earth is about 24860 miles around (going through the poles), so the coverage circles would be spread apart, and of course moving continually.

The space junk problem is about to get worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43797319)

Weaponization of space will only encourage the deployment of more anti-satellite missiles. How many more can we frag before there's an impenetrable wall of shrapnel that prevents us from using any satellites at all?

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