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A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday.
The satellite, which no longer be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.
Originally posted by thesaint
Man first they scare us half to death with TU24. Now the panic dying down over that they tell us "a Sat will be falling down and we dont know where"
I imagine they could knock it out with some sort of missile but i tend to believe they have more hi tech stuff that would enable this job done.
What type of velocity would this come down at?????
Fit Sats with remote distruction that can be activated from earth thats what i say.
China is now only the third country to shoot something down in space.
Both the US and the Soviet Union halted their tests in the 1980s over concerns that the debris they produced could harm civilian and military satellite operations.
While the US may be unhappy about China's actions, the Washington administration has recently opposed international calls to end such tests.
It revised US space policy last October to state that Washington had the right to freedom of action in space, and the US is known to be researching such "satellite-killing" weapons itself.
Originally posted by oLDWoRLDDiSoRDeR
I agree that there should at least be a system in place to push it out of orbit and off into space if it loses tracking and senses its going to lose altitude.
He would not comment on whether it is possible for the satellite to be perhaps shot down by a missile.
He said it would be inappropriate to discuss any specifics at this time.
Originally posted by goosdawg
There's no way to tell if this satellite is even anywhere near the functional plane of the shuttle/ISS.
Originally posted by Guzzeppi
I believe this is the satellite that they are talking about.
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