Drifter posts: If it was some super secret sat. that crashed as you believe Rore, what about it could be so high-tech still?
It's not a 'belief' SD. It's just an idea or thought of mine.
And just maybe the 'cover-up' wasn't so much about the spysat's technology as it was about 'something else'?
Like the spy sat was equipped with a nuclear power plant or Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) ...?
~A Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator is an electrical generating system that uses Plutonium-238 as a heat source and has been used in satellites since at least 1961.
How many more sats 'up there' were/are powered with small nuclear reactors or RTG's?
How many Nations of the World; How many Citizens of the World would be comfortable with knowing the Soviets and Americans, in their rush to spy on one another, were seeding near-earth orbit with spy-sats that, not only fall out of the sky but are, "Equipped with Nuclear Reactors or Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators to power their electronics"?
I really don't want to get into the 'motivations' or the 'politics' behind the cover-up however, to put it in a nutshell, "WE won't tell if YOU don't tell and NO, you are not getting your sat back jack..."
"The U.S. only once tested a nuclear reactor like the Soviet Topaz unit [so 'they' say~rore] .
It was in 1965.
The reactor lasted 43 days, although the satellite on which it was installed is still in orbit as part of space junk.
"Russia has launched about 40 spacecraft with nuclear plants aboard.
Most of them were used for spying purposes and, once activated, stayed in low near-Earth orbits for several months on end." More@ http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Nuclear_..._Space_999.html
Or maybe it was something mundane, like in the excerpt below. DENY EVERYTHING if you want to keep COVERT OPS...COVERT
'Covert OPS', in the Intelligence Community i.e. NSA, means secret operations that DO NOT Exist. The paper trail authorizing the OPS is either appropriately blacked out or destroyed. ~rore
"A recently declassified government history of secrecy and American military launch operations reveals that when Gambit was first being discussed in the senior levels of the US government, presidential science advisory George Kistiakowsky expressed his concern about the military’s ability to operate a covert program.
The Air Force conducted top secret research and operations, but “covert” was a different category entirely.
It meant that even the existence of the program was kept secret.
The Air Force did not have existing rules, regulations and procedures that allowed this. [But the CIA did]
Air Force Under Secretary Joseph Charyk strongly argued that Gambit should be developed by the Air Force. He stated that he could prove that the Air Force could develop a covert satellite.
In the summer of 1960 Charyk and Colonel John L. Martin, Jr. invented a new security strategy called “Raincoat” that, like a flasher’s overcoat, would be used to shield the naughty bits from unwanted exposure—in this case, covert development of a new reconnaissance satellite."
Much more @ http://www.thespacereview.com/article/750/1