Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Thought I'd feed everyone an update on a few things.

First off, IMINT & Analysis has made it into Jane's Missiles and Rockets once again, this time in the May issue for the discovery of potential DF-31 launch sites around Nanyang.

Secondly, the guys at Ogle Earth have often found my articles interesting but have decried the lack of downloadable content. I thought about that for a bit, and have decided that they may be on to something. So, from now on, there will be a link to download a Google Earth placemark file at the end of each article, where appropriate. Image of the Week features will not contain downloads as they are just a single place (i.e., extrapolate the coordinates from the image and mark it yourself if you're interested), and text-based articles such as the forthcoming S-300P feature won't either. I may or may not go back and provide downloadable content for older articles. If there is one that you want to see, leave a comment to this post and let me know. I save all of that stuff so it won't be an issue.

Thirdly, in light of my second point, here is the download link to the file containing the Google Earth placemarks from the Russian nuclear complexes article: Right click, save as I'll have to be a bit creative as to where I upload these, so if anybody has a good idea, let me know. won't let you upload files! The Google Earth community forum was hosting the file for about thirty seconds before moderator TheLedge complained that it was a duplicate of an existing placemark, obviously ignorant of the fact that most of the sites were not actually marked, especially the storage sites. I can leave the SAM site placemark there for now as I started the file long enough ago to have ownership of the process, but clearly I need someplace else to get these files hosted.

That's it for now. I'll be busy for the next two weeks so there may not be any major articles posted apart from the Image of the Week, but I will try to get some things finalized. Once these two weeks are up I'll have a lot more time available so major articles will be posted with greater frequency.

As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. And if there's a certain location or topic you'd like to see covered, let me know!


Anonymous said...

Sean, I would enjoy seeing South African historic nuclear sites.

Anonymous said...

You could create a Google Pages account and upload/serve your files from there. See this Google Help page:

You don't need to create a site, just use the space as storage. Great blog, keep it up!

Sean O'Connor said...

Google pages, eh? Seems fitting for storing Google Earth files. I'll see what kind of storage they have, but that sounds like a plan to me. Thanks, Justin!

Gump, that's a very interesting idea and one that's right up my alley. I'll add that to the que!

Sean O'Connor said...

Google Pages is ready to go. I'll be moving the SAM site file over there this weekend, updates will be posted on that page from this point forward. I've got 100MB of space, more than enough for what I need. Once I've got things moved over there the relevant links and whatnot will be made available here.

Ken Adams said...

Sean, something along the lines of coastal defense cruise missile sites might be interesting, to go along with all the wonderful air defense information you've collected.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on making it into Jane's once again, Sean.

Sean O'Connor said...

Thought I should point out that the DF-31 feature is in the June issue of JMR, not the May issue as I incorrectly stated previously. Nice, big full-page overhead view in this one!