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Satellite’s gone up to the skies
Things like that drive me out of my mind
The tragic loss of life following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 raises many questions, the most simple phrasing of which is: what happened?
A more complex question is: why weren’t the plane’s movements picked up by the spy satellites that orbit the planet?
The answer is obvious. There are no spy satellites orbiting the planet.
Using faint, hourly satellite signals gathered by British firm Inmarsat plc and radar data from early in its flight, investigators have only estimates of the speed the aircraft was travelling and no certainty of its altitude, Mr Houston said. Satellite imagery of the new search area had not given “anything better than low confidence of finding anything”, said Mick Kinley, another search official in Perth.
Would it were the case that Flight MH 370 went off course in a major Hollywood blockbuster rather than in the skies over The South China Sea! But things aren’t straightforward, not even in a film.
All the Hollywood spy films we watch are now shown to be utterly fantastical, even false. There are no spy satellites that can pin-point, with razor-sharp accuracy, the location of a desperate terrorist intent on blowing up The President, just in time for a government agent to swoop and defeat the enemy. Or just in time for a drone weapon to identify and eliminate (i.e. kill) the target (i.e. person).
RESEARCH TECH #2
Sir. I’ve got a code here from NSA —
they’re not gonna give us Keyhole
satellite clearance unless we have
sign-off from upstairs.
Who can give this clearance? And why wasn’t it given to Research Tech #2? Or to Malaysia Airlines?
Who signs off?
If you wanted, you could pick your own secret missions. As I do. Name it, name it. Destabilize a multinational by manipulating stocks. Bip. Easy. Interrupt transmissions from a spy satellite over Kabul… done. Hmm. Rig an election in Uganda. All to the highest bidder.
Or a gas explosion in London.
Mm-hm. Just point and click.
Well, everybody needs a hobby.
So what’s yours?
Tragically, resurrection is not possible for the people on MH 370. There is no ‘point and click’ technology that will bring them back. No app that will salve the grief of the families who have lost loved ones.
No ace-screenwriter who can conjure up the lost plane and locate, using imagination and satellite wizardry, the handful of sterling survivors of flight MH 370, clinging to translucent coral that curls from an atoll in an azure ocean.
This tragedy proves there are no spy satellites. We are alone, with only the stars to light us.
I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
Is it wrong to wish on space hardware?
I wish, I wish, I wish you’d care
Or alternatively, the families of the dead have not got clearance to use spy satellite data. They do not have sign-off.
From upstairs. Where the satellites orbit.