a reply to: Elton
Intriguing, the fact there was a temperature spike may indeed indicate a anti satellite weapon system of some kind, maybe even a hunter satellite or
satellites (using a grid of them to aim at a common target) using a directed energy weapon.
After that age it would likely have limited positioning fuel but maybe enough to explain the explosion if it was an internal failure which is
unlikely as the military systems are made tough and there component's are usually backed up with redundant system's.
Maybe the fact it is twenty year's old was incentive for someone in another department to decide a live fire test on an active but nearly redundant
satellite to test if there system would be detected.
Operative as you point out Heat or Temperature spike before the satellite Blew apart and that does make me think of a weapon of some kind, not a
kinetic projectile though but like I say directed energy of some kind, how high the delta T reached would be interesting but not sufficient without
localized temperature transducer data which they may possibly have.
I have mentioned this elsewhere, just before the end of the cold war from the late 70's onward the Soviet's were developing a Radar based anti
missile, anti aircraft system that could in theory with enough power have been also used as an anti satellite system.
The basic gist of it was this.
A multiple radio frequency radar array would emit a broad bandwidth of radio energy at an incoming object, the return or reflected radio energy was
analysed to determine what wavelengths where most absorbed and the inverse complex conjugate of these most absorbed wavelength's was then passed to a
specialized narrow beam radio emitter that could handle extreme amplitude's of energy and was amplified to such an immense amplitude then beamed at
the object that was approaching be that a missile/aircraft or even satellite.
They successfully tested it on several unmanned aircraft and test missile's but it was still having many problem's and required the output of a
nuclear reactor (I believe Chernobyl was sourcing it) so was not a portable system (at least at that stage of it's development).
The effect's were to cause by energy absorption the atomic structure of the incoming object's materials to oscillate causing the object to both grow
very hot indeed and to disintegrate.
I doubt it is the Russkies but then Putin is a little crazy, thing's are getting bad over in Russia and maybe he will also use tha bad situation to
sneak a Soviet style system of governance back into Russia by making the people there desperate enough to accept it as poverty and shortages begin to
bit, they are threatening and posturing and just maybe they thought this elderly satellite was a spy, heck maybe it was but an old one and that tech
is nearly redundant against steal anyway as you have to first find your target before you can aim your big radion dish at it.
Yes I think maybe an anti satellite system but Who's.
edit on 1-3-2015 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)