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  and .