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Satellite shoot down a clear message to other countries about Americas abilities

The successful hitting of the disabled satellite was an amazing logistical feat, not just that they hit an object traveling at more than 17,000 mph, but that they actually hit it right near the fuel tank, their primary target.

Apparently there were no hardware changes and just software modifications to look for a satellite instead of a missile. Thats pretty amazing and must concern China and Russia, if stock equipment can be used to take out their space equipment.

However this does not necessarily mean its a test of space warfare, or of the original enemy missile intercept for which the system were created. Firstly the target was unpowered therefore its path could be exactly calculated, Secondly it had no form of defense of its own, just one big can.

The excuse that it was full of dangerous fuel - Hydrazine - doesn't hold much relevancy when its been around as a rocket fuel for almost a century, and the F-16's Emergency Power Unit is a mix of 70 % Hydrazine and 30 % water

Still the American military has to be applauded for such a successful operation, and an obvious message to others of "look what we can do without really getting a sweat up".

WASHINGTON - A Navy missile soaring 130 miles above the Pacific smashed a dying and potentially deadly U.S. spy satellite Wednesday and probably destroyed a tank carrying 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel, officials said.

Officials had expressed cautious optimism that the missile would hit the satellite, which was the size of a school bus. But they were less certain of hitting the smaller, more problematic fuel tank, whose contents posed what Bush administration officials deemed a potential health hazard to humans if it landed intact.

The USS Lake Erie, armed with an SM-3 missile designed to knock down incoming missiles not orbiting satellites launched the attack at 10:26 p.m. EST, according to the Pentagon.

It hit the satellite about three minutes later as the spacecraft traveled in polar orbit at more than 17,000 mph.
Because the satellite was orbiting at a relatively low altitude at the time it was hit by the missile, debris will begin to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere immediately, the Pentagon statement said.

The use of the Navy missile amounted to an unprecedented use of components of the Pentagon's missile defense system, designed to shoot down hostile ballistic missiles in flight not kill satellites.

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By netchicken: posted on 22-2-2008

I dont understand why people think this is America's military capability demonstration or some message to china ? We shot down a satellite 20 years ago and did it without GPS, AEGIS etc. Shooting down a satellite is not really very difficult or hard to do at all once you know the precise orbit of a satellite.

If this was a demonstration of our military abilities I would be appalled and sad because it is so trivial a task when you compare it to the feat of operating the the MARS rover or landing a space vehicle on a moving asteroid or having a robotic craft fly over the surface of Venus. Even the moon landing was more sophisticated than this. It would have been a dismal surprise if they failed to hit it actually. Considering the amount of money that has gone into the Missile Shield.

The Russians wont be startled or upset by this at all because they could do the same thing back in the 70s, with their inertially guided rockets as well. The Europeans could do it as well with ease. The Japanese maybe too and probably even the Indians. The Chinese are just railing because they think this is a chance to reciprocate the condemnation they got for their reckless weapons test. The difference which they dont understand is that unlike them, the US didnt end up littering space with satellite fragments that could potentially damage other satellites in that orbit but rather blew up parts of the satellite that was going to come down and burn up anyway without spreading debris all over and making a mess.
By IAF: posted on 22-2-2008

Good point, but I still think that the ease of which this took place to be signifigent. However back in 2006 the military were looking for funding for a laser system to take out satellites. This would hav eben a good test, if it was in the right place :)

Or maybe thats technology they don't want advertised just yet.
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The U.S. government is seeking to develop a powerful ground-based laser weapon that would use beams of concentrated light to destroy enemy satellites in orbit. The largely secret project, parts of which have been made public through

Air Force budget documents submitted to Congress in February, are part of a wide-ranging effort to develop space weapons, both defensive and offensive.

Here is a video of the satellite intercept

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By netchicken: posted on 22-2-2008

Here's the difference between some military miracler and what happened.

In a military miracle, we find out that China is about to launch a super-duper ballistic attack on us. Without time for scientists to crunch all the numbers and for the military to prepare the cruisers for action as was done for the shooting of the satellite, all inbound ballistic missiles are destroyed before they have a chance to re-enter the atmosphere.
That would be awesome and would render China's military plans obsolete. We aren't there yet.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 22-2-2008

I would gave missed
By dnavarre: posted on 23-2-2008

I wouldn't have shot to begin with. Now we'll never know where it would have landed.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 23-2-2008

they are trying to turn every1 against us.
By dnavarre: posted on 28-2-2008

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