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Navy to shoot down failed satellite

Post by shammy on Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:51 am

19th February,2008

The U.S. Navy will likely attempt to shoot down a faulty spy satellite Thursday, the day after the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land, two officials told CNN Monday.

The officials -- who spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the planning remains classified -- said the idea is to leave as much time as possible so a second attempt could be made if necessary.

Because the 5,000-pound satellite malfunctioned immediately after launch in December 2006, it has a full tank of fuel. It would likely survive re-entry and disperse potentially deadly fumes over an area the size of two football fields, officials have said.

The Navy plans to fire at the satellite as it enters Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of about 150 miles.

Officials want the missile to hit the edge of the atmosphere to ensure debris re-enters and burns up quickly.

The Missile Defense Agency estimated the cost of a sea-based attempted intercept at $40 million to $60 million.


http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/02/18/satellite.intercept/index.html
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Post by shammy on Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:57 am

19th February,2008

D-day for defective satellite

The US has told Australia and a handful of other nations to be on standby for falling debris from the highly classified satellite, because there is a minute possibility of the strike misfiring and debris falling on land rather than water.

"The Australian government has been advised formally by the US government that the president (George Bush) has authorised the US Department of Defence to attempt to shoot down an inoperable satellite," a DFAT spokesman said yesterday.

"There is no suggestion at this stage that the satellite will land in Australia, but it is too early to predict where it might come down if the US is not successful in destroying it in space.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/dday-for-defective-satellite/2008/02/19/1203190801755.html
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