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Pentagon confident satellite's toxic fuel destroyed

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Pentagon confident satellite's toxic fuel destroyed
« on: February 21, 2008, 11:59:44 PM »
From CNN World News

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pentagon officials said they think a Navy missile scored a direct hit on the fuel tank of an errant spy satellite late Wednesday, eliminating a toxic threat to people on Earth.

The USS Lake Erie launches a missile as the satellite travels over the Pacific Ocean.



"We have a high degree of confidence we got the tank," Marine Gen. James Cartwright said at a Pentagon briefing Thursday morning.

A fireball and a vapor cloud seen after the strike appeared to indicate the toxic hydrazine fuel had been destroyed, he said. The missile that struck the satellite did not carry an explosive warhead.

Cartwright also said the satellite seemed to be reduced to small pieces.

"Thus far, we see nothing larger than a football," he said.

The military was analyzing data from the strike to confirm that the tank was hit and that no larger pieces of debris escaped detection, Cartwright said.

The missile that struck the satellite was launched from the ballistic missile defense cruiser USS Lake Erie from the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii at 10:26 p.m. ET Wednesday, the general said. Breakup of the satellite more than 130 miles above was confirmed 24 minutes later, Cartwright said.


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Re: Pentagon confident satellite's toxic fuel destroyed
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2008, 03:24:56 PM »
This is a significant issue again.. Russia and China were yelling bout this act.. bakit kamo? it just a sign that US can shoot down any spy satellite in the earth's atmosphere.. In the history of ballistic missile lauch, if US didn't lie, this would the most successful target shot..

Last january 2007, China shot down their old spy satellite but it wasnt a success.. in a sense that the debris scattered in the atmospher and some of those debris are still floating in space as of this moment, which means that those debris would hit any other  satellites in orbit which as of 2002 were accounted to be around 2000+ satellites are orbiting around the planet...

Pero ang totoong comment ko dito, and Admin don't get me wrong, pero resulta lang ito ng kayabangan ng US, gusto nilang palabasin na ang ballistic target calculation for shooting down a satellite is not really 50%. ayon kasi sa research ng mga scientist, any ballistic missile fired to a satellite has a probability of 50% hitting the target.. nagmamayabang na rin sila kasi china, russia and japan are firing new satellite in orbit...

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Re: Pentagon confident satellite's toxic fuel destroyed
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 03:32:12 PM »
sa tingin ko us military are just taking advantage of the situation.. to test the effectivity of their ballistic missiles.. eh mukang success.. or maybe they are testing some new guidance system or kung ano payan...

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Re: Pentagon confident satellite's toxic fuel destroyed
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 05:51:31 PM »
Pataasan sila ng ihi hehehehe.. China Vs. US