WHAT COULD THIS BE

Submitted: Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 20:16
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Found this object while travelling outback
Anybody got any idea's
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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 20:20

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 20:20
Looks a bit like the casing from a parachute flair we used in the Army in the 70's. I don't know if they are still used.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:34

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:34
I agree.

I have seen similar at Puckapunyal and Holdsworthy many years ago
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Follow Up By: Macquarie - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:40

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:40
You are right on the money brushmarz that's exactly what it is. The casing in the photo looks pretty clean, perhaps they are still in use
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:10

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:10
Maybe part of a weather balloon


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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:57

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:57
was it near Roswell?
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 07:14

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 07:14
Reggie,

It looks to be of pretty light construction, pretty rough so maybe not intended for repeated use. You haven't told us how big it is - centimetres? metres? From the vegetation I'm guessing 10-15 cm long.

My guess is part of a weather balloon, hidden inside the square housing below the balloon proper. These photos are from Giles, shortly before visits were stopped.




Another option is some kind of gas burning nozzle.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:33

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:33
John, the "weather balloon" excuse failed at Roswell and has been a failure ever since.

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Follow Up By: Brian H - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:15

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:15
Gone Bush, Good Lord! You're not suggesting...?
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:59

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:59
Gon Bush...... Dunno what ya talking about ....

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:22

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:22
Roswell New Mexico 1947: UFO or Weather Balloon?

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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 14:44

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 14:44
Thanks Gone Bush - I think Reggie's find is very likely of terrestrial origin!

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 15:12

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 15:12
When did they stop the visits to Giles John? Probably more to the point, why?
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 17:31

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 17:31
Stopped? We did a tour last year.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:39

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:39
You can still visit Giles Weather Station and witness the balloon release if you are there at the right time. But conducted tours of the facility are no no longer being provided. The unmanned Visitors Centre is still open.




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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:43

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:43
We were there in August 2012 and were told that staffing rearrangements to save money were imminent. We later heard that the tours had been stopped.

Pleased to hear they are still on Tony. Does that does include a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to observe the actual launch? This is/was a rare opportunity to actually see some of the science we pay for.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:44

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 18:44
Actually, I should have said that the regular facility tours are "no longer being provided". However with luck you may score a tour by a volunteer. Click on the link above for full information.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 07:29

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 07:29
As Allan said, the timing for the launch can include a walk around and and talk about the station, but no internal tour. And yes you can go down and watch the launch.

Staff has been reduced and they swap over with Alice Springs every couple of weeks.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 07:39

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 07:39
It's quiet obvious, it's a wigwam for a goose's bridle.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:13

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:13
Good morning
Darling said its a 'thingamebob' and i recon its a 'doover'
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:23

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:23
Muzbry, it is more of a doover-lackey than a doover .. look at it more closely.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:25

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:25
I think your close to being correct Muzbry, but I think its the earlier model doozer, which would be the "dooza" model doozer. LOL
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:26

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:26
Doova sorry not dooza.
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Reply By: get outmore - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:28

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 08:28
Marty mc fly wants his flux capacitor back
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Reply By: Hoyks - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:57

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:57
There is nothing to compare it to for scale, but it looks like the carrier assembly for a para flare.
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:08

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:08
Just for you information:

"It is an offense, both civil and military to remove ammunition and range produce (shell casings, tail fins, grenade pins etc.) from a field firing range*"

It is also not a good idea as sometimes the ordnance doesn't work as intended, but can ignite/detonate if disturbed.

Military can also contain some seriously toxic substances, stuff industry would avoid like the plague, or the products of combustion can be seriously toxic.

(*a range being what ever they designate as a range at the time)
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:17

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:17
hi HOYK's
im not disputing your imfo but if the military don't want inquisitive people to retrieve there items that we find
it doesn't require a very high IQ level of the military to place a warning notice on these so called dangerous items surely after all if they fire them up in the air they can land anywhere and not always where predicted or predetermined

then the average jo-blogs would then know its against the law to remove such items from where they are found
its not rocket science or is it?
aren't they the biggest part in failure of this responsibility
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:41

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:41
NASA and military often do mark equipment they send up, as hazardous.
However, if it travels high enough to reach re-entry speeds on return, it can end up charred.
There's some pretty exotic and toxic materials in space junk and it pays to exercise care when you find them.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 13:55

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 13:55
Yes theres a good reason the Shire of Esperance slapped a littering fine on NASA over the Junking of Sylab in thier backyard
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:00

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:00
Your'e all wrong.......... It is the latest model Hiclone. Not yet released and still in development trials. I have it on good information from my neighbour's butcher

Fits on the discharge of the exhaust pipe. The fins are ionically charged and draw the exhaust gases out. Adds 25% economy to fuel consumption.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:27

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:27
G'day Allan,

Is that the one that if hooked up to a solar panel will provide rust protection so good you could seal all the holes up and use your fourby as an amphibian.....(;=))

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Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:29

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:29
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:38

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 10:38
Nah Pop, you must be referring to Hiclone's new "Total Corrosion Protection" product that 'cloaks' the entire vehicle. In development it was called "The Poncho".
Apparently they are having trouble with the solar panel module. The 'cloak' is blocking the solar radiation. I'd hang-off for a bit if I was you.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 21:15

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 21:15
Gday Allan
Isn't that what I said?
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 23:40

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 23:40
Dunno Muz, I didn't get the email. lol
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:37

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 11:37
I've just had a call from some Martians.

They want their left rear side, flux-smoothing thronomeister back.

They're stranded in the middle of the Great Sandy desert until they can refit it.

They can't take off until it's re-fitted because it assists in stabilisation on take-off.

They stated that they're offering a reward of 4 boxes of green cheese to the person who returns it.

They called AutoBarn, AutoOne, Supercheap and Covs and they said, that like all parts suppliers, they were absolutely bloody useless, unless the Martians could supply make, year, model, and a part number.

The basic problem was that Martian years are not compatible with Earth years.

They said the parts blokes also mentioned something about the construction material being "unobtainium" and suggesting it wasn't available.
This surprised the Martians greatly, as unobtainium is in plentiful supply on Mars.

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Reply By: fredwho - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:53

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:53
This is a canister that contained the missing smallpox virus samples from not long ago. The North Koreans tried to launch it in a 'test' missile firing towards the USA however the rocket headed due south towards Australia. So this is where it ended up... Geez...

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Reply By: Member - ken m4 - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 08:09

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 08:09
This is a post I have really enjoyed reading
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Follow Up By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 15:48

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 15:48
HI KEN M4 (KeDi)
Glad you liked it they got to the point early and solved the problem for me before it went off the rails a bit (LOL) but it was all good banter.
Cheers for all who commented and have a Merry Christmas.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 15:54

Monday, Dec 22, 2014 at 15:54
Merry Christmas to you too Reggy.

By the way, roughly where did you find it?
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