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Spy Satellite Blast, Caught on Tape (Updated)
By Noah Shachtman Email
February 21, 2008 | 1:35:00 PMCategories: Missiles, Space, Video Fix
A Navy missile blasted a dying spy satellite just above the atmosphere late Wednesday night. Here's the footage of the hit:
Over the years, the gang at the Center for Defense Information has done a good a job as anyone at this thankless task. They've just released their survey of the Pentagon's 2009 budget, highlighting research that could lead to arms in space. By the absolute most conservative estimate, we're talking $520 million dollars in next year's budget. The real number is likely several multiples of that.
The projects mostly involve ways to disable potentially hostile satellites; many have other uses, as well. They include a giant laser, to help spot targets in orbit (and to improve space imaging, in the meantime); micro satellites, that could disable another country's orbiters (or repair our own); a series of jammers, to block enemy satellite signals; and missile interceptors, based in space.
At first glance, an anti-missile might not seem like a space weapon project. But, as last month's satellite shoot-down showed, the same gear used to intercept a missile can also be repurposed to blast a sat. Especially if the gear is already in space.
Originally posted by snoopyuk
was this not like 6 months ago ????
i am sure it was in FEB of this year.