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Old 02-14-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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The sky really is falling...

Pentagon to shoot down broken spy satellite
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This is going to be real funny if the missiles miss the target. They must really want this thing destroyed & out of enemy hands.
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Time to show those new laser weapons, and broadcast it on the Internet...........
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Cool this is kinda like Armageddon but on a smaller scale!
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:07 PM   #5
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Didn't the Chinese already shoot down one of theirs? I would assume we just need to show that we can too.

edit: source: U.S. official: Chinese test*missile*obliterates satellite - CNN.com
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If the intercept and kill are successful and the satellite is destroyed, it appears most of the debris will become orbitting [sic] "space junk" and not reenter Earth's atmopshere.
Unless the blast or the mass of the missile pushes it away from earth, I'd expect all of the debris to continue on exactly the same path. Perhaps smaller pieces would burn up. Should be interesting.
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I'm sure a piece of it will fall on my house. Guess I need to check my homeowner's policy for space junk.
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This is going to be real funny if the missiles miss the target. They must really want this thing destroyed & out of enemy hands.
Every weapons officer on the Pearl Harbor waterfront is drooling, cackling, and rubbing their hands with glee right now ("Free targets!!") and the CO of every AEGIS ship is jumping up & down on their commodore's desk, begging for a chance at this FITREP bullet crew training opportunity. Of course the commodore's over at PACFLT "just touching base" with the admiral to make sure some slimeball San Diego or Yoko command doesn't get the call, while all the submariners are quietly seething with envy.

The Pacific Missile Range Facility (on Barking Sands, Kauai) spends millions of taxpayer bucks each year shooting missiles up in the air just for these guys to knock 'em down. I can't remember the last time there was a freebie... maybe NASA & NRO could turn this into a great money-saving business.
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So we finally get to use our trillion dollar missile defense system... to shoot down one of our own billion dollar+ satellites. Hope we don't miss.
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Hope we don't miss.
Just saw an interview where the plans are to take a shot and if a miss, take a second shot on the next orbit and if a miss, take a third shot...
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Just saw an interview where the plans are to take a shot and if a miss, take a second shot on the next orbit and if a miss, take a third shot...
And then and then - an astronaut does an EVA from the Space Shuttle with a trusty Red Ryder BB saved from his youth and nails that sucker!

heh heh heh - then we hand out "Failure Is Not An Option" baseball caps all around.
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And then and then - an astronaut does an EVA from the Space Shuttle with a trusty Red Ryder BB saved from his youth and nails that sucker!

heh heh heh - then we hand out "Failure Is Not An Option baseball caps all around.
He should be careful. He could take his eye out...
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- BB!

Vacuum in orbit - the trick is how to propel the BB.

heh heh heh - I still enjoy sound in my ScFi movies.
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Just saw an interview where the plans are to take a shot and if a miss, take a second shot on the next orbit and if a miss, take a third shot...
Great concept for a system intended for missile defense. I'm sure the bad guys will accomodate us if it doesn't work by shooting one missile at a time at us until we shoot them down.

By the way, I wonder if they've figured on the extra space junk that will be left up there? The chinese ASAT is supposed to have left thousands of pieces. Maybe we should put a really long string on the interceptor and fill it with epoxy, then we can stick to it and pull it down.

U.S. satellites dodge Chinese missile debris*-*-*The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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...By the way, I wonder if they've figured on the extra space junk that will be left up there? ...

U.S. satellites dodge Chinese missile debris*-*-*The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
They say they have that aspect covered. They say.
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I wonder if it's smarter and cheaper to just let it fall. Less space junk. The chances of it hitting anything important are pretty small.

I wonder how the expected fallout compares with the amount of fallout from the space shuttle.
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Space junk is everywhere - it's everywhere! And not just Chinese - we beat beat 'those guys!' to the punch.

Back in the 80's, getting ready for Space Station , they had an early rail gun down the hall from my lab to simulate micrometeor and space debris.

A young Phd was having all kinds of fun blowing 'really big holes' in test panels with BB size metal projectiles.

And to think in ER I have to go across county lines every 4th to buy my own fireworks to get my 'boom and thunder quotient' for the year.

heh heh heh - some kids never grow up - back then 'beat the Ruskies.' Now 'beat those Chinese or at least don't let them catch up too fast.'
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I wonder if it's smarter and cheaper to just let it fall. Less space junk. The chances of it hitting anything important are pretty small.

I wonder how the expected fallout compares with the amount of fallout from the space shuttle.
This was an executive decision from our wonderful leader.

"Specifically, there was enough of a risk for the president to be quite concerned about human life."
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It's been the main ship for anti-missile testing for several years, but it also has a local reputation for a twitchy trigger finger. It's been nearly 14 years since the ship inadvertently subdued Aiea with two rounds from a PHALANX gun during "maintenance", but they're still trying to live it down.
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