The importance of what we do

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:19:45 +0100
Hi all,

Sometimes the things we do have relevance in a wider setting, even if that is 
not necessarily our intention.

Tomorrow (Friday 22 Jan) between 12:00 and 13:00 CET (11:00-12:00 UT) I will 
appear as an external expert in a hearing before the permanent committee of 
Foreign Affairs of Dutch Parliament, on the invitation of Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt.

They have asked me to inform them about (classified) military satellite systems 
and the possibility that these could have observed the shootdown of Malaysian 
Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine on 17 July 2014.

In that tragedy, 196 Dutch citizens lost their lives. Satellite information 
might shed light on where the missile that downed the airliner was fired from 
(and from that, who is responsible). The concern of Dutch Parliament, is to make 
sure that all possible avenues are taken by our Government to get these data, 
with an eye on bringing those responsible before an (international) Court of 

This is an extremely sensitive topic in the Netherlands, and therefore garnering 
much political and press attention. The tragedy has had an enormous societal 
impact over here.

I had to provide the Parliament committee with a brief position paper on the 
topic, which (in Dutch, but you can Google Translate) can be found here:

Focus of this position paper is mostly on SBIRS, with a brief touch upon SIGINT.

The hearing will be live-streamed on the website of Dutch Parliament.

For those with access to Dutch television: in the evening of Friday 22, I will 
be in a news background item on Dutch national tv at channel NPO 1, in the 
program "EĆ©nVandaag" starting at 18:00 CET.

- Marco

PS: I want to express my thanks to Ted Molczan, Mike McCants and Brian Weeden 
for their much appreciated help. Ted and Mike: I could not incorporate your 
revised USA 184 orbit in the position paper (I had already had to sent it out 
due to deadlines) but will mention things when I address the committee.

Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.

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