stuff that’s hard to do (Morocco?)

Wait… now frikkin’ Morocco has a high-res photo-reccy satellite !?

A reconnaissance satellite built in secrecy in France for the Moroccan government launched Tuesday on top of a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in South America. [story]

Some of the programs I used to work on are in museums, now.
Man, I am gettin’ sooo old.

11 Comments!

  1. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm |

    I went to the Barber Motorcycle Museum outside Birmingham. The motorcycles I used to drool over as a kid are on display as antiques.

  2. mech
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm |

    Don’t they get gloogle earth?

  3. Merle
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 3:42 pm |

    most of the ship classes I worked on are retired – or cut up for scrap! :(

  4. rickn8or
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 8:27 pm |

    I’ve seen planes in museums that were newer than the stuff I was riding around in… while I was still riding around in them.

  5. Blake
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm |

    Cheer up. The i386 is an antique and it rolled out a mere 30 years ago or so.

    On second thought..yah, I am getting old.

  6. MikeAZ
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 5:19 am |

    Maybe I’m missing something, but what does Morocco need with a spy satellite? Are they a new world power in training, or did the French see a Rube that needed parting from his money?

  7. jlw
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 9:49 am |

    @ MikeAZ

    Morocco is 99% islamic according to wiki. islam just got a spy satellite.

    i have no idea if that will mean anything, but i think it makes me nervous.

  8. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 11:50 am |

    ^ Although Morocco is kind’a US-friendly,
    I expect them to make a pretty good income sellin’ pictures,
    or trading ‘em for favors or “leave us alone, you maniacs, and we’ll send you some pics”s.

    (What? Blackmail? Sure)

    Then there’s the plausible-deniability thing. The more guys who have cameras, the harder it is to identify the perv who took that pic in the ladies’ changing room.

  9. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm |

    I think they are sadists who want to watch all the Somalis, Syrians and Libyans swimming to Italy.

  10. neal
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm |

    Just don’t travel over Sandia or Los Alamos.

    Particle beams, trigger fingers, don’t take kindly to strangers.

    When in doubt, the French and the Chinese stuff is shoot first, just to be safe.

    One can never be too careful.

  11. Fat Baxter
    Posted November 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm |

    “A reconnaissance satellite built in secrecy in France….”

    If anyone would sell out the West, it would be the Frogs.