Monday, February 18, 2008
TARGET NROL-21/USA-193 Wednesday!
US Navy Aegis cruiser ships equipped with the modified Standard Missile 3 Block 1A will almost certainly bring down in a ball of fire the disabled top secret intelligence satellite dubbed NROL-21 or USA-193 just days before it starts re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere with the first shot set for 10:30 PM EDT Wednesday.
The 150-mile high circular orbit of the malfuctioning satellite continues to decay but the military, by launching it first attempt to shoot down the satellite, will have a back-up contingency should it fail in the $40 to $60 million attempted missile-to-satellite intercept Wednesday.
If the initial shot fails, a decision will be made whether to take a second one. But it has to be taken before the satellite hits the atmosphere or the chances of a strike would be "next to impossible" due to atmospheric disturbances.