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A surprising science experiment
On January 25, 1995—fifteen years after the training tape close call—a Russian early warning radar detected an unexpected missile launch off the coast of Norway. The missile’s flight characteristics appeared similar to that of a U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missile, leading radar operators to believe that the missile might detonate a nuclear warhead high in the atmosphere, blinding Russian radars before a larger attack. Russian nuclear forces went on full alert, and President Boris Yeltsin activated his “football,” the device used to authorize nuclear launches.
Retaliation was avoided when Russian early warning satellites failed to find activity around U.S. missile siloes. The detected missile was actually the launch of a U.S.-Norwegian scientific rocket (the Black Brandt XII) on a mission to study the aurora borealis, or “northern lights.” Norway had notified Russia in advance of the launch, but the information didn’t reach the correct channels—and the innocuous science experiment escalated into a high-risk nuclear incident.
originally posted by: proob4
again how come if it was a sub launch they did not do this out of civilian airspace and not out further in the pacific then?
San Nicolas Island has numerous radars including three FPS-16 and two RIR-716 tracking radars, and one FPS-114 surface and one ARSR-3 air route surveillance radars. SNI is instrumented with metric tracking and surveillance radars, Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, optics, telemetry, and communications necessary to support long range and over-the-horizon weapons testing, Fleet training and Theater Missile Defense exercises. SNI instrumentation also supports InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Polar satellite launches from the Western Range at VAFB. In addition, frequency monitoring, meteorological measurement systems and ordnance and launching facilities are available. Capabilities include launch of subscale and unmanned full-scale targets and launch sites for surface-launched weapons.
originally posted by: WeAre0ne
a reply to: proob4
Are you arguing just to argue? What is your real concern here?
Why would it be the US military's concern how scared someone is? Why should they care, they are the most powerful military in the world, they are already scary... have you seen their other weapons? They don't need to scare anyone.
Civilians shouldn't even be scared of these events to begin with, they should be more educated, and know what it is at first sight like a good majority of people did... but instead they are too busy staring at their smartphones and watching TV, ignorant of the world around them. They need to get out more.
I hate to admit that 5 of my dumb friends called me asking me what it was when they saw it in the sky... I took one glance at it and knew it was a rocket / missile and told them its normal. I even showed them past Minuteman III launch videos that look identical.
A lot of people are just clueless sometimes... why should the military waste any more money and resources than they already do just in hopes to not scare the clueless people?
originally posted by: HomeyKXTA
But its funny that "UFO's" always come when there's no moon in the sky. Wouldn't you say?
Cheers, hope everyone is well