posted on Oct, 13 2011 @ 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by ngchunter
Actually it is correct. If you read muzzles response, and then mine, you would see what im talking about with reference to making it into space and
making an ICBM with a 7k mile range.
I understand what you're talking about. What you don't seem to understand is that if you can make it into orbit then you have a missile with
unlimited range as far as reaching a point on the other side of the earth is concerned.
In that sense, its easier shooting a missile into space than it is getting one to Washington DC.
Everyday people have attached a camera to a balloon and have made it to the edge of outerspace.
You still don't seem to understand that you're comparing apples and oranges. Putting a camera on a balloon and lofting it a few dozen kilometers
high is nowhere near the same as reaching orbit.
200 miles vs 7000 miles.
Again, apples and oranges. It doesn't matter if an object is orbiting 200 km high; it can automatically cover that 7000 mile distance on the ground
just by virtue of the fact that it's in orbit
. You don't reach orbit just by throwing a balloon up into the sky or even shooting a rocket
straight up until you reach 200 miles of altitude. The altitude is not the hard part, the hard part is achieving the +7 km/sec lateral velocity
needed to obtain orbit. That's the difference between a balloon, a sub-orbital launch and an orbital launch.
Iran has a missile that has a range of roughly 1700 miles, more than enough lift ability to make it to space, while lacking the range to hit DC.
Making it into space != making it into orbit. No one's talking about the ability to simply make it into space, it's about making it into orbit.
That's something else entirely. Just because you have a ballistic missile that has a range of 1700 miles does not automatically mean you can reach
orbit. Incidentally, Iran can make it into orbit, which they've done on their own twice before. If you can reach orbit, then your payload can reach
any point in the world within the inclination of your orbit. I'm sorry but you're just wrong to try to compare the ground track range of one of
their ballastic missiles with the altitude their satellites orbit. It's a totally different thing.