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Originally posted by ausername
We have space rail gun platforms that can deliver warheads anywhere and everywhere in Russia.
No tests are necessary.
It was a meteorite.
Originally posted by chrismarco
reply to post by Snsoc
So because he's a politician they think rationally?
This is one of our own elected officials...I present exhibit A
Exhibit Aedit on 16-2-2013 by chrismarco because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MystikMushroom
So new, secret US weapons look like meteorites?
The conspiracies are getting a little out there as of late. Soon, someone will tell me that water really isn't wet -- and it's all a big illusion by the banking elites to brainwash us.
Project Thor is an idea for a weapons system that launches kinetic projectiles from Earth orbit to damage targets on the ground. Jerry Pournelle originated the concept while working in operations research at Boeing in the 1950s before becoming a science-fiction writer.
The most described system is "an orbiting tungsten telephone pole with small fins and a computer in the back for guidance". The weapon can be down-scaled, an orbiting "crowbar" rather than a pole. The system described in the 2003 United States Air Force (USAF) report was that of 20-foot-long (6.1 m), 1-foot-diameter (0.30 m) tungsten rods, that are satellite controlled, and have global strike capability, with impact speeds of Mach 10.
The time between deorbiting and impact would only be a few minutes, and depending on the orbits and positions in the orbits, the system would have a world-wide range. There is no requirement to deploy missiles, aircraft or other vehicles. Although the SALT II (1979) prohibited the deployment of orbital weapons of mass destruction, it did not prohibit the deployment of conventional weapons. The system is prohibited by neither the Outer Space Treaty nor the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
The idea is that the weapon would inflict damage because it moves at orbital velocities, at least 9 kilometers per second. Smaller weapons can deliver measured amounts of energy as small as a 225 kg conventional bomb. Some systems are quoted as having the yield of a small tactical nuclear bomb. These designs are envisioned as a bunker buster.
Originally posted by AngryCymraeg
reply to post by kloejen
Anyone who proposed going to the asteroid belt to find missiles that could be thrown back to Earth would get locked up in a nuthouse so fast that his feet wouldn't touch the ground.
Russian "Meteor"... Possible US Excalibur Weapon Provocation