US to try and shoot down satellite Thursday (February 21st).

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  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Yeah, what are they so worried about?
     
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    Wouldn't the "toxic fuel tanks" explode way before it hits the earth during reentry?

    Something is fishy.
     
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    The CNN story said that the fuel takes would be able to survive re-entry and could release a deadly cloud "the size of two football fields" if they ruptured on the ground.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/02/18/satellite.intercept/index.html
     
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    I just hope the can do this and minimize the international politics between the US and Russia. I'd feel safer if the Space Shuttle crew can somehow retrieve it without incident and won't have to resort to shooting it down IMHO.
     
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    I can't wait to see how they mess this up.

    I can see the headlines now "U.S. tries to blow up satelite with missile, Denmark incinerated"
     
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    Yeah, that is what is "fishy" about it. If the tanks are dangerous to humans, what about the aquatic life of the impact the tanks could have on the oceans?
     
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    Or, "oops, we didn't mean to nuke Iran."
     
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    That's why they want to blow it up right at (or near) the point of re-entry, the tanks would rupture high enough up that the fuel would disperse in the upper atmosphere.
     
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    This should be interesting...
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    this is how a typical disaster movie starts.
     
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    What DC said, plus, even if the tanks make it down to a more predictable oceanic location, it's not like the US military places an especialy high priority on the preservation of sea life over that of potentially harming humans. See: sonar. They're acting pretty consistently, and I'm sure they'd rather deal with potentially pissing off a few environmental protesters rather than creating an international incident when their hydrazine tanks poison a village.
     
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    It's a spy satellite.
    And they're going to shoot it down and destroy it rather than let it crash.
    No, really?
     
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    That's my thought of the real reason for them shooting it down too - plus responding to the chinese shooting down one of their satellites.
     
  16. Ravenxl7

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    Is anybody else getting a "Space Cowboys" vibe from this? That movie was the first thing I thought of when I first heard about this.
     
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    Where is it's point of re-entry meant to be?
    It'd be kickass to be able to look up and see a great big explosion of a satellite being blown to bits.
     
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    Damn spy sattelite malfunctioning. Lets hire the Chinese to get it right! They should be pros at dealing with toxic materials!
     
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    And if the Navy can't, I bet these guys can do something....

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    Boy,you'd think the U.S. whould be more Responsible then to let thease kind of things get this far out off hand?
     

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