FLIR video Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant
December 15, 1988 night-time overflight of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, Golden, Colorado utilizing Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) recording.
This monochrome video displays only thermal activity. Dark areas are cold and light ares indicate heat. The light lines, shapes and swirls are a result of measurable thermal activity. Please note: the hotter the object the whiter it will appear. The technical aspects discerning temperature are not presented here.
Suffice to say, on December 15, 1988 at about 10:00 p.m., the National Weather Service documented the temperature near Rocky Flats was approximately seven (7) degrees Fahrenheit with snow on the ground. In other words, the ambient temperature was 24 degrees below freezing. In 1988 … a snow storm again whitened metro Denver. Snowfall along the Front Range was in the 6 to 12 inch range. Snowfall totaled 5.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 38 mph. The December 1988 National Weather Service Climatological Data report for Stapleton International Airport is at https://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/3340-2/.
The airspace over Rocky Flats was not restricted however the FAA recommended flights 2500 feet Above Ground Level (AGL). The Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant was situated at about 5500 to 6000 feet.
The Rocky Flats overflight crew and passenger information for December 9 and 15, 1988 report is at https://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/rocky-flats-flir-overflight-crew-december-15-1988/. The Rocky Flats overflight crew and passenger information for December 9 and 10, 1988 report is at https://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/rocky-flats-overflights-december-9-10-1988/.
The video recording format was S-VHS (400 lines of horizontal luminance) metallic tape and stored until September 2005. Attorneys for Berger & Montague subpoenaed the FLIR overflight videos from Denver, FBI office. The FBI caused the S-VHS metallic tape original to be digitized without consideration of the original recording format. In other words a standard VHS (250 lines of horizontal luminance) machine instead of an S-VHS machine was utilized. The digitized copy of the December 15, 1988 FLIR overflight video was introduced and accepted as Plaintiff’s exhibit P-1278 in re: Merilyn Cook, et al., Plaintiffs, vs. Rockwell International Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company, Defendants, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, civil action number 90-cv-00181(JLK).
The October 25, 2005 Denver federal civil court transcript of Jon Lipsky in re: Merilyn Cook, et al., Plantiffs, vs. Rockwell International Corporation and the Dow Chemical Company, Defendants, case number 90-cv-00181(JLK). Merrill Davidoff, Berger & Montague and attorney for Plaintiffs, introduced Plaintiff’s exhibit, P-1278, with court recognized subject matter expert witness Jon Lipsky. The linked transcript is comprised of Merrill Davidoff’s direct examination of Jon Lipsky regarding the December 15, 1988 Forward Looking Infra-red (FLIR) overflight video of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. The link for the October 25, 2005 transcript is at https://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/jon-lipsky-2005-testimony-rocky-flats-overflight-video/.
The October 26, 2005 Denver federal civil court transcript of Jon Lipsky includes the cross-examination by David Bernick, Kirkland and Ellis and attorney for the Defendants. The link for the October 26, 2005 transcript is at https://rockyflatsambushedgrandjury.com/3265-2/.