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"I've seen rocket burns before and there is no doubt the cloud is rocket exhaust," says Garradd. "However, this is much larger than any I have seen before, such as Cassini. It makes me wonder if I saw a controlled burn or an explosion.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Jon P. Boers of the USAF Space Surveillance System has tentatively identified the source of the mystery cloud, described below. It was a Breeze-M rocket body (catalogue number 28944) exploding over Australia. "Later, on the other side of the world, our RADAR saw 500+ pieces in that orbit," he says.
The Briz-M was the upper stage of a Russian Proton rocket that left Earth in Feb. 2006 carrying a Arabsat communications satellite. Shortly after launch, the Briz-M malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in the wrong orbit and the Breeze-M looping around Earth partially full of fuel. On Feb. 19, 2007, for reasons unknown, the fuel ignited over Australia.
Originally posted by St Udio
in brief i say it was a covert launch by a U.S. black-ops on Australian soil,
its my guesstimation that this new rocket launching site is supposed to remain 'secret'....
as i was chit chating away there was a flash of very bright light with a brighter "beam" in the center