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Re: Look Out!!!

Postby StlSluggers » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:07 pm

Dang! They're going to blast it out of the sky. It says that 2,500 pounds of the satellite will survive the descent. That's a big boom when it hits the earth. I'd like to see that - especially if it's a house.

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USAToday.com wrote:WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials said Thursday that the option preferred by the Bush administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and shoot down the satellite before it enters Earth's atmosphere.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the options will not be publicly discussed until a later Pentagon briefing.

The disabled satellite is expected to hit the Earth the first week of March. Officials said the Navy would likely shoot it down before then, using a special missile modified for the task.

Other details about the missile and the targeting were not immediately available. But the decision involves several U.S. agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Defense and the State Department.

Shooting down a satellite is particularly sensitive because of the controversy surrounding China's anti-satellite test last year, when Beijing shot down one of its defunct weather satellites, drawing immediate criticism from the U.S. and other countries.

A key concern at that time was the debris created by Chinese satellite's destruction — and that will also be a focus now, as the U.S. determines exactly when and under what circumstances to shoot down its errant satellite.


The military will have to choose a time and a location that will avoid to the greatest degree any damage to other satellites in the sky. Also, there is the possibility that large pieces could remain, and either stay in orbit where they can collide with other satellites or possibly fall to Earth.

It is not known where the satellite will hit. But officials familiar with the situation say about half of the 5,000-pound spacecraft is expected to survive its blazing descent through the atmosphere and will scatter debris — some of it potentially hazardous — over several hundred miles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The satellite is outfitted with thrusters — small engines used to position it in space. They contain the toxic rocket fuel hydrazine, which can cause harm to anyone who contacts it.
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Re: Look Out!!!

Postby knapplc » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:16 pm

I don't remember what the government said when the Chinese shot their satellite down, but I think the Chinese would be justified in thumbing their noses at us a little over this apparent hypocrisy. Maybe there are extenuating circumstances regarding the two incidents that make them different, but they seem pretty similar from what I know now.
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Re: Look Out!!!

Postby Old_Style » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:31 pm

It's nice to see my tax dollars being put to good use. ;-D
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Re: Look Out!!!

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:30 pm

Meh... Who needs the Navy?

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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:04 am

Update:

They're shooting it down Thursday morning. The debris cloud should fall over Canada.

The invasion has begun. }:-)

Wired wrote:...the Navy plans to take the satellite out over the Pacific. Which is not unexpected.

More startling, veteran satellite-watcher AT says, is where the debris cloud will go. "To my considerable surprise, it's on an ascending pass that will take the debris cloud across central Canada a few minutes later.
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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby knapplc » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:24 am

Thank goodness they chose the most desolate place on Earth for the debris to land. :-D
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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby CadensDad » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:57 pm

Maybe we should let the Canadians know so they dont try and goto war with us
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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby KCollins1304 » Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:25 pm

CadensDad wrote:Maybe we should let the Canadians know so they dont try and goto war with us


Someone will have to send a smoke signal from near the border. :-B
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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:42 pm

knapplc wrote:Thank goodness they chose the most desolate place on Earth for the debris to land. :-D


Yeah, the Northwest Territories. ;-7
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Re: Look Out, Mookie!!!

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:00 am

StlSluggers wrote:Update:

They're shooting it down Thursday morning. The debris cloud should fall over Canada.

The invasion has begun. }:-)

Wired wrote:...the Navy plans to take the satellite out over the Pacific. Which is not unexpected.

More startling, veteran satellite-watcher AT says, is where the debris cloud will go. "To my considerable surprise, it's on an ascending pass that will take the debris cloud across central Canada a few minutes later.

Hmm... I can't read. They're shooting it down today - not tomorrow. !+)
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