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NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« on: October 27, 2011, 02:38:11 PM »
NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?

Recently there has been a flurry of UFO - NASA videos on youtube...

Well expect MORE... :D

IF there really were orbs 'out there' in space, whether alien spacecraft or plasma critters, and you wanted to hide them from the prying eyes of the ever present UFO seekers, what would you do?

How about make free floating orbs :D

Hmmm well then, in that case...

IF as many believe... IF there are orbs out there buzzing around our spacecraft whether they be alien probes or plasma critters... then NASA making free flying orb satellites like the AERcam or the SHEREs and the more recent STARSHINE...

...would certainly be a way to cover up the other ones :P

At the very least we can expect a LOT more NASA UFO videos :lol: And that will give the uber skeptics a whole new set of Bokehs to tell us about :lol:

Like this one... brought to my attention by Exuberant1 from the Pegasus team

« Last Edit: October 27, 2011, 03:15:53 PM by zorgon »

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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2011, 02:39:04 PM »
Now before the skeptic hoard descends on me that orb is the new STARSHINE from NASA







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Three small, optically reflective spherical "STARSHINE" student satellites have been designed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and built by an informal, volunteer coalition of organizations and individuals in the USA and Canada. This coalition is called "Project Starshine" and is headquartered in Monument, Colorado. It receives no formal funding and operates by means of contributions of materials and labor from its member individuals and institutions. NASA has deployed the coalition’s satellites into highly inclined low Earth orbits from two Space Shuttles and an Athena expendable launch vehicle at no cost to the Starshine project, as a service to the international educational community. Each of the satellites is covered by approximately 1000 small, front-surface aluminum mirrors that are machined by technology students in Utah and polished by tens of thousands of students in schools and other participating organizations around the world. These mirrors have been coated with a scratch-resistant, anti-oxidizing layer of Silicon Dioxide by optical engineers and technicians at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

NASA - PROJECT STARSHINE

So I repeat

WAY TO GO NASA for making all those Kewl future NASA UFO's and keep the controversy alive

 ;D

There are two other programs that also use free floating spheres that will look like UFO's
The NASA AERcam... a free floating camera orb and SPHEREs

To me the most IMPORTANT statement in this project is this..

Three small, optically reflective spherical "STARSHINE" student satellites have been designed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and built by an informal, volunteer coalition of organizations and individuals in the USA and Canada. This coalition is called "Project Starshine" and is headquartered in Monument, Colorado."




What is also interesting is that this is an OLD project :D

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Starshine 3 Re-entry Bulletin - February 4, 2003

Starshine 3 burned up in the earth's upper atmosphere above northern Canada or southern Greenland at approximately 0515 UTC on January 21, 2003. It had made 7434 revolutions around the earth between the date of its launch from Kodiak, Alaska, on September 29, 2001, and its fiery end on January 21, 2003. No observations were reported of this event.

Out of respect for the brave crew of Space Shuttle Columbia who were lost on February 1, 2003, the Starshine web site will temporarily suspend operations.


John Vasquez of the Naval Research Laboratory prepares Starshine 1 for vibration test. Photo by
Michael A. Savell.

Project Starshine

Project Description


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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2011, 02:39:32 PM »
AERCam Sprint

But we should be ready for hundreds more of these things







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The Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera Sprint (AERCam Sprint) is an experiment planned to demonstrate the use of a prototype free-flying television camera that could be used for remote inspections of the exterior of the International Space Station.

The AERCam Sprint free-flyer is a 14-inch diameter, 35-pound sphere that contains two television cameras, an avionics system and 12 small nitrogen gas-powered thrusters. The sphere, which looks like an oversized soccer ball, was released by Mission Specialist Winston Scott during the STS-87 spacewalk and flew
freely in the forward cargo bay for about 30 minutes. The free-flyer was remotely controlled by Pilot Steve Lindsey from the Shuttle's aft flight deck using a hand controller, two laptop computers and a window-mounted antenna. The AERCam is designed to fly very slowly at a rate of less than one-quarter of a foot per second. Remote control of the AERCam is performed through two-way Ultra High Frequency radio communications, with data regarding the status of the free-flyer's systems transmitted back to the operator. Television images are transmitted back to the operator via a one-way S-band communications link. During the experiment operations, live television images also will be relayed via Columbia to Mission Control. Two miniature color television cameras are mounted on the free-flyer, one with a 6 millimeter lens and another with a 12 millimeter lens. The exterior of the free-flyer sphere is covered with a sixth-tenths of an inch-thick layer of Nomex felt to cushion any inadvertent contact with a spacecraft surface and prevent damage.

NASA - AERCam Sprint

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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2011, 02:40:04 PM »
MORE SPHERES

SPHERES A Space Odyssey

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The MIT Space Systems Laboratory developed the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) laboratory environment to provide DARPA, NASA, and other researchers with a long term, replenishable, and upgradable testbed for the validation of high risk metrology, control, and autonomy technologies for use in formation flight and autnomous docking, rendezvous and reconfiguration algorithms. These technologies are critical to the operation of distributed satellite and docking missions such as Terrestrial Planet Finder and Orbital Express

NASA- SPHERES



And also the SPHERES...(Synchronized Position Hold Engage Re-Orient Experimental Satellites)



They are going to release swarms of these things :P As if we didn't have enough junk out there

NASA - SPHERES 2

NASA Expanding Tests of Star Wars-Inspired Droids

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You won’t find any light sabers on the International Space Station, but you will find a trio of “droids” that look a lot like what any self-respecting science fiction fan remembers as a Star Wars “remote.”

That’s the tricky little device that Luke Skywalker used to hone his light-saber skills before he went up against Darth Vader and the rest of the evil empire.

But instead of being used for light-saber practice, the droids on the space station are being used to test automated rendezvous and formation flying in zero-gravity. And soon, there may be a host of other things the droids will be used to test as their capabilities and uses are expanded and made available for National Laboratory and other uses.

Known officially as Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, the droids have been on the station since 2006. Astronauts have conducted more than 20 experiment sessions with them, and are on tap to conduct many more. Each SPHERES droid is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment. Together, they are testing techniques that could lead to advancements in automated dockings, satellite servicing, spacecraft assembly and emergency repairs.

NASA - SPHERES 3





SPHERES Synchronized Position Hold Engage  Re-Orient Experimental Satellites - Pegasus
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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 05:38:18 PM »
These SPHERES could make space walks a thing of the past.  Imagine what you could do with a miniaturised version of these....

It's a shame they don't  work in high gravity environments.  You could make the lives of irritating neighbours into a living hell.

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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 05:54:52 PM »
You mean like this?

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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 07:04:03 PM »
Or this.

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This machine can hover like a helicopter, and take-off and land vertically. But because it works like a propeller plane standing vertically, it can fly forward at high speed using wings, which a helicopter can't do. This machine also has three gyro sensors, so even if it hits an obstacle, it can maintain its attitude and keep flying through automatic control.
SOURCE: http://www.diginfo.tv/2011/10/24/11-0229-r-en.php

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This flying machine weighs 350 g, is 42 cm in diameter, and is made of commercially available parts costing a total of around US$1,400. As it can take off and land anywhere, it's hoped that this machine will be able to reach places that were hard to access by air before, for use in rescue and reconnaissance.
SOURCE: http://www.diginfo.tv/2011/10/24/11-0229-r-en.php

If you don't think that's cool then you just aren't.  8)
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Re: NASA created UFO like Orb? Bokeh? Alien Spacecraft?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 07:57:53 PM »
Orbital Debris Radar Calibration Spheres (ODERACS)

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Orbital Debris Radar Calibration Spheres (ODERACS) experiment. ODERACS deployed spheres and dipoles from the Shuttle to calibrate the Haystack orbital debris radar measurements. An ODERACS sphere being deployed is visible just over the Shuttle's tail fin.



NASA Orbital Debris Program Office



The Orbital DEbris RAdar Calibration Spheres
(ODERACS)


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The Orbital Debris Radar Calibration Spheres (ODERACS) spaceflight experiments were designed to provide small, low earth orbiting (LEO) calibration targets for the ground-based radar and optical systems used for orbital debris measurements. The primary objective was to calibrate the Haystack Long Range Imaging Radar (LRIR) and validate the JSC Orbital Debris Analysis System (ODAS). These measurements and resulting data processing were a complete success.

The Haystack radar is used for orbital debris measurements in an unorthodox way. Instead of moving the radar dish to track satellites, the dish "stares" in a fixed direction. Debris objects that fly through the radar beam produce echoes that are recorded on magnetic tape. Analysis of the echo data must take into account that debris objects can fly through the radar beam from any direction and can cross the beam at any position. Entirely new analysis tools were developed to deal with this novel kind of data. Because of the complexity of this process, it was determined that an end-to-end calibration of the radar and the associated data processing system was essential in order to be confident that the debris data derived from the radar were valid. The question relating to radar operation was: Is the radar calibrated correctly, such that the measured radar cross section is the correct one? The question relating to the data processing system was: Are the physical sizes and orbital parameters calculated from the Haystack radar data correct?

The best way to do these calibrations was to place known objects into orbit and measure them with the Haystack radar. From a practical point of view, metal spheres were the best choice for test objects, since their radar cross section is independent of aspect angle, and their shape makes them easy to deploy from the Space Shuttle Orbiter bay. A problem with spheres is that they return only one polarization of radar waves, the Principal Polarization (PP). For this reason, the Haystack radar could be calibrated only for PP returns using spheres. Since irregular debris objects return both PP and Orthogonal Polarization (OP) signals, it was necessary to make an independent calibration of the radar for its response to OP returns. Wire dipole targets were used for this purpose, since they reflect exactly equal OP and PP polarizations.


ODERACS Sphere Delivery System

The best way to do these calibrations was to place known objects into orbit and measure them with the Haystack radar. From a practical point of view, metal spheres were the best choice for test objects, since their radar cross section is independent of aspect angle, and their shape makes them easy to deploy from the Space Shuttle Orbiter bay. A problem with spheres is that they return only one polarization of radar waves, the Principal Polarization (PP). For this reason, the Haystack radar could be calibrated only for PP returns using spheres. Since irregular debris objects return both PP and Orthogonal Polarization (OP) signals, it was necessary to make an independent calibration of the radar for its response to OP returns. Wire dipole targets were used for this purpose, since they reflect exactly equal OP and PP polarizations.


ODERACS Deployment, 9 February 1994

For further information on ODERACS contact Eugene G. Stansbery (eugene.g.stansbery@nasa.gov)

The Orbital DEbris RAdar Calibration Spheres

Orbital Debris  Radar Measurements haystack Radar


Haystack X-Band Radar - MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA

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NASA's main source of data for debris in the size range of 1 to 30 cm is the Haystack radar. The Haystack radar, operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, has been collecting orbital debris data for NASA since 1990 under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. Haystack statistically samples the debris population by "staring" at selected pointing angles and detecting debris that fly through its field-of-view. The data are used to characterize the debris population by size, altitude, and inclination. From these measurements, scientists have concluded that there are over 500,000 debris fragments in orbit with sizes down to one centimeter. NASA also collects data from the Haystack Auxiliary Radar (HAX) located next to the main Haystack antenna. Although HAX is less sensitive than Haystack, it operates at a different wavelength (1.8 cm for HAX versus 3 cm for Haystack) and has a wider field-


Kwajalein Radar Complex


Millstone Radar

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NASA has conducted limited observation campaigns using the radar systems located at NASA's Goldstone radar in California; Kwajalein Atoll (U.S. Army; USAKA); the FPS-85 phased array radar at Eglin AFB, Florida; the Millstone radar in Massachusetts; and the Perimeter Acquisition Characterization Radar System (PARCS) in North Dakota. NASA has also participated in debris searches organized by the U.S. Strategic Command and by the FGAN radar located in Germany.

Orbital Debris  Radar Measurements
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