Raventom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 269 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1502 times:
Hey guys, i don't know much about Skynet but i watched the live launch just moments ago. I tried researching the ESA project but I found something from the Terminator trilogy ! So can anyone fill me in with the real information about the real skynet?
Skynet is the British military communications satellite system. This is the fifth generation of Skynet satellites dating back to 1969. There are to be three Skynet 5-series (5A, 5B, and 5C) satellites launched.
A previous generation of Skynet's, (I cannot remember if it was the previous generation, or the one before that, were slated to be launched by the Space Shuttle, starting in 1986. Payload Specialists had been picked for these four launches, one from the British Armies Royal Signals Corps, one from the RAF, one from the Navy and one for the descendent manufacturer of the new ones, Marconi.
Then the Challenger accident happened, So Ariane 4's lanuched them. Prior to this, US launchers had been used for previous Skynet's, presumably the Shuttle was to be an extension of that arrangement, since the late 1960's.
Thorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
Quoting GDB (Reply 4): A previous generation of Skynet's, (I cannot remember if it was the previous generation, or the one before that, were slated to be launched by the Space Shuttle, starting in 1986.
They were to be Skynet 3's. Instead, Britain abandoned them and went on to Skynet 4, which they split into two phases.
Quoting GDB (Reply 4): Then the Challenger accident happened, So Ariane 4's lanuched them.
One Skynet 4 went up on the first Commercial Titan (AKA Titan 34D) before Martin-Marietta got out of the commercial launch business.