Thursday, February 14, 2008

Crippled Satellite To Be Shot Down 

This story suggests to me that the US government thinks significant secret parts of the subject spy satellite, which failed immediately and was never under control from the ground, would not only survive re-entry but would probably land someplace where they could be recovered by people who are not our friends. Not being a rocket scientist, I don't know what's involved in analyzing the satellite's orbit or the decay of the orbit, but I suspect our experts are smart enough to figure probabilities notwithstanding the imprecision with which some pertinent variables are known/knowable and that those probabilities in this case are not favorable to the US.

It follows that the US Government is willing to demonstrate an antisatellite capability that has not heretofore been discussed much, in order to prevent sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. Such a demonstration might also be educational for anyone who believes the US has been ignoring the implications of other entities having their own spy satellites.

Comments: Post a Comment

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?