Secret In The Sky

Round and round the Earth it goes, who or what it’s spying on very few people know.

Delta 4 rocket successfully lofts surveillance satellite

A Delta 4 rocket made a thunderous departure from California on Tuesday afternoon, only to slip into a news blackout minutes later while it climbed higher and faster to deploy a classified spy satellite, a success-defining milestone that was confirmed by hobbyist observers.

The United Launch Alliance-made booster roared away from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:12:57 p.m. local (7:12:57 p.m. EDT; 2312:57 GMT) on a southwesterly course to reach a retrograde orbit inclined 123 degrees relative to the equator.

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The hush-hush nature for the rest of flight is all part of launching covert payloads for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, the secretive agency that operates the country’s fleet of spy satellites. The NRO does not disclose the purpose of its spacecraft being sent up on each launch, saying only that the flight was called the NROL-25 mission.

See also:
Rocket Launches Secret Spy Satellite for US Military
United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Successfully Launches Payload for the National Reconnaissance Office
United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket Successfully Launches Payload for the National Reconnaissance Office
US launches new spy satellite NROL-25
Delta 4 lifts off
Spy satellite-carrying rocket blasts off
U.S. rocket carrying classified payload launches
ULA Successfully Launches Delta IV Rocket
Rocket carrying classified payload launches from California’s central coast
Rocket launch includes key parts from Utah’s ATK sites
List of NRO Launches
National Reconnaissance OfficeNational Reconnaissance Office

According to the listed launch designation, NROL-25 is a radar imaging satellite operating in a retrograde low Earth orbit.

/if I had to guess what it’s looking at, I’d guess Iran

No Vacancy At The Internet

The Internet is full, there’s no more room. Go away, find something else to do.

Last of Current Internet Addresses Doled Out to Distributors

It is official: the Internet finally has run out of addresses—sort of.

On Thursday morning, the organization that oversees Internet protocol addresses–sets of digits that help direct online traffic–doled out the last remaining batches of numbers under the current addressing system.

Internet experts hailed the event as a milestone in the evolution of the Web, one that will eventually require changes on the part of some companies and users. But it did not come as a surprise.

More than a decade ago, the Internet’s founding fathers realized that the roughly 4.3 billion addresses under the current system, known as IP version four, eventually would be exhausted. They created a new scheme with a practically unlimited number of addresses, dubbed IP version six, which is expected to succeed the original naming scheme.

See also:
Update: ICANN assigns its last IPv4 addresses
End of the line for internet addresses
The Internet’s IPv4 Gas Tank is running on empty
Supply of Internet addresses runs low
Web Running Out of Addresses
Internet will run out of IP addresses by Friday
World shrugs as IPv4 addresses finally exhausted
APNIC Triggers Last Of IANA IPv4 Free Pool Space Allocations
Final batch of IPv4 addresses assigned, exhaustion sets in
IP Addresses Are Running Out: What You Need to Know
Internet running out of addresses, new set needed
Vint Cerf, ‘Father’ of Internet, Weighs In on IPv4 Exhaustion
Net powers: IPv4 is over. All hail IPv6!
IPv4 & IPv6: A Short Guide

Okay, so the good news is that there’s already a new protocol for Internet addresses that will provide a practically limitless new supply. The bad news is, if your modem, router, operating system, or other Internet connection hardware or software is older, it might not be compatible with the new addressing system and you won’t be able to connect to the new web addresses.

/the moral of this story; if you’re buying any new or, especially, used hardware or software that connects to the Internet, make damn sure that it’s IPv6 compatible, you’ve been warned