U.s. To Shoot Down Spy Satellite

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  1. Eksperimental

    Eksperimental Well-Known Member

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    The Pentagon plans to shoot down a disabled 5,000-pound spy satellite within the next two weeks, before it tumbles from orbit, because the rocket fuel it carries could be a danger to people, officials said Thursday.

    The operation will be carried out from a navy ship that will fire a missile modified for the task at the 2,200 kilogram satellite, which will resemble hitting a ballistic missile warhead as it begins to re-enter the atmosphere.

    The ramifications of the operation are diplomatic as well as military and scientific, in part because the United States criticized China last year when Beijing used a defunct weather satellite as a target in a test of an antisatellite system.

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/14/america/spy.php

    Your tax dollars at work right here.

    And supposedly this thing has the best of everything in it, but for some reason the guidance on it is punched...

    Conspiracy? Have other government gained access to the controls of the satellite and have overridden U.S. command of it?
     
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    I believe it's the USA not wanted the technology to fall into the hands of our enemies, but it must not be all that great if it cant even fly up there.....

    I expect to be getting a rebate for this piece of crap needing to be shot down, since we all paid for it, and i'm sure it was worth more than a pretty penny...
     
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    This isn't a movie. You can't just "hijack" a satellite. The guidance systems just fried. I think it's a good idea. They fuel those things with some nasty stuff... I think this is a better definition of homeland security than most others.
     
  4. Eksperimental

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    Those things are fueled with Hydrazine, and the hijack thing was speculation not really a serious thought. But the precision that's needed to take that thing down with a missile is incredible, and knowing the U.S. Military, they'll have some other extremely advanced guidance system for the missile.
     
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    i honestly think it was disabled naturaly but they prob knew so they can test there secret weapons
     
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    This was probably a 2-birds 1 stone type of thing, where the government could simultaneously test their abilities to take down a satellite and get rid of confidential information that could fall into the wrong hands.
     
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    they're taking down a satellite..

    whats the big deal.
     
  8. Eksperimental

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    It has some of the worlds most advanced technology, and not to mention it's one of their brand new spy satellites, oh and if you live in the United States you funded that thing being built, and it malfunctioned, and now you will be paying to take it down.
     
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    yeah I read this yesterday.

    Well its pretty bad but we can't stop it yeah?
     
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    the way i see it: it broke. there's nothing we can do about that. I'm sure they built the thing up to standards. something just went wrong. ---- happens, you know? i mean, you wanna talk waste of tax payer dolllars, let's talk about the war... there are so many things our government could do with our money that would be better for us...
     
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    Well it'll also be nice if they shoot it down because it is going to harm the people.
     
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    The thing is, that when they launched it, it never went up right in the first place. It has just been a matter of time. <_<
     
  13. Eksperimental

    Eksperimental Well-Known Member

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    I completely agree with you on that. The U.S. is paying a ridiculous amount of money to keep the troops over there, and just going further and further into debt.
     
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    theyalways want to shoot sumthing or something along them lines.
     
  15. .ZERO

    .ZERO Nig┬Łga wit a PSD

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    Cloverfield2 anyone? bit of a strange coincidence eh? :P
     

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