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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Public Interest Grows in Planned USA-193 Satellite Shoot Down Next Week

Leonard David writes that the "upcoming shoot-out of an errant classified spy satellite by an Earth-based missile has all the makings of a high drama sci-fi movie - a touch of Armageddon and a dash of Ice Station Zebra."

Public awarness of the US Navy and Missile Defense Agency's planned shoot down of the defunct intelligence satellite USA 193 [NROL-21 ] is growing and drawing intensive interest ranging from sky watches to see the last orbits of the soon-to-be-destroyed spacecraft to the facts about the technology being brought to bear to 'take it out,' to taxpayer cost of the military maneuver to domestic and international political implications at home and abroad to space shuttle schedules to avoid debris to orbiting space station observations to the secret technology on the USA-193 satellite. Here is a video animation of the satellite "takedown" event.

In short, the unique anti-satellite weapon being brought to operational status by the White House and Pentagon has caputured mass media and global public and military attention -- as the newest element of 'Star Wars' is deployed. CNN video reports [1] and [2].

The USS Lake Erie, USS Decatur and USS Russell will be equipped with modified Standard-3 Block 1-A Missiles to commence the shootdown event, according to Wired. A November 2007 military video demonstrates the power of the new weapon system.

8 comments:

TomG said...

One must be totally ignorant to believe that hydrazine fuel is the threat. Rather - let's be truthful now - it is the chance of revealing the satellite's technology or true mission. Then there is the bonus of antagonizing the Russians who see this as a disguise of a missile defense test. Now, don't these missiles cost a lot of $$$? And how about their carbon footprint - huge I'll wager. One would think that satellites ought to be built with an end-of-life self-destruct system - but no - that makes too much sense. The US is populated by nincompoops and governed by self-serving hypocrites - the government is, in fact, divided against itself and thus is in the process of failing. You heard it here first, folks.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, its OK for the U.S. to shoot down a satellite but when the Chinese was doing it, it was wrong !! I guess the U.S. have all the excuses and everyone else in the world have none.

Anonymous said...

Great- that is the first time that I have ever seen the word nincompoop in print. Do you think the shooting down event will be covered live with commentation and prime advertising spots? We Nincompoops like those types of things. I already have fragments of the thing that I am planning to sell on ebay. I can't wait to get more. Yes, I realize the dangerous fuel risk, but it is worth it.

Anonymous said...

Could this all be a publicity stunt for amateure sattelite watchers? They deserve publicity. These extrodinary people are more noteworthy than the sattelite they are watching.

Anonymous said...

Satellite you nincompoop

Anonymous said...

Of course, we won’t miss it. We can’t afford to. Can you imagine the Chinese offering to shoot it down for us? Bush would have to invite the Chinese President to the White House for dinner.

“If we miss, nothing changes. If we shoot and barely touch it, the satellite is just barely in orbit” and would still burn up somewhat in the atmosphere, Griffin said.

Anonymous said...

Ok, maybe I am missing something. This thing costs millions of dollars. The missile costs millions of dollars. The shuttle is up there right now, why can't they go get it?

Anonymous said...

This is why we have become sinical of our government. The Shuttle blew apart upon reentery and it was larger than a bus. Why should I believe that this is more dangerous. Why should I think it won't fracture into peices also. How large could the remaining peices be. Are we really niave or am I the only one interested in asking this.