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Old 02-14-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 0125-08
February 14, 2008


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DoD To Engage Decaying Satellite


An uncontrollable U.S. experimental satellite which was launched in December 2006 is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere between the end of February and early March. Because the satellite was never operational, analysis indicate that approximately 2,500 pounds (1134 kgs) of satellite mass will survive reentry, including 1,000 pounds (453 kgs) of propellant fuel (hydrazine), a hazardous material.

Although the chances of an impact in a populated area are small, the potential consequences would be of enough concern to consider mitigating actions. Therefore, the President has decided to take action to mitigate the risk to human lives by engaging the non-functioning satellite. Because our missile defense system is not designed to engage satellites, extraordinary measures have been taken to temporarily modify three sea-based tactical missiles and three ships to carry out the engagement.

Based on modeling and analysis, our officials have high confidence that the engagement will be successful. As for when this engagement will occur, we will determine the optimal time, location, and geometry for a successful engagement based on a number of factors. As the satellite's path continues to decay, there will be a window of opportunity between late February and early March to conduct this engagement. The decision to engage the satellite has to be made before a precise prediction of impact location is available.

Contact with hydrazine is hazardous. Direct contact with skin or eyes, ingestion or inhalations from hydrazine released from the tank upon impact could result in immediate danger. If this operation is successful, the hydrazine will then no longer pose a risk to humans.

The U.S. government has been and continues to track and monitor this satellite. Various government agencies are planning for the reentry of the satellite. In the event the engagement is not successful, all appropriate elements of the U.S. Government are working together to explore options to mitigate the danger to humans and to ensure that all parties are properly prepared to respond. In the unlikely event satellite pieces land in a populated area, people are strongly advised to avoid the impact area until trained hazardous materials (HAZMAT) teams are able to properly dispose of any remaining hydrazine.






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Old 02-14-2008, 03:25 PM   #2
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Will the satellite get to keep the Ring, if the US Guv'mint breaks-off the Engagement?

Is this all really because the Guv'mint got her preggers?
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:50 PM   #3
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They are "tracking and monitoring it". Doesn't that make you fell better.

Naturally there's not a damm thing they can do about it.

Still, I'm much more concerned about cell phone users in cars and what Ken is going to do with all those milk bottles.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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There goes Newton and his silly laws screwing us all again...
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:04 PM   #5
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Write your congressman. Maybe they can pass a new law changing the force of gravity from 32fps/sec to 16fps/sec. I only suggest this beccause the Utah legislature passed a law fixing the maximum height of the Great Salt Lake. I figure changing quantum rules will be next on their agenda.
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:15 PM   #6
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Write your congressman. Maybe they can pass a new law changing the force of gravity from 32fps/sec to 16fps/sec. I only suggest this beccause the Utah legislature passed a law fixing the maximum height of the Great Salt Lake. I figure changing quantum rules will be next on their agenda.
And if the Great Salt Lake fails to comply, what then? Clap it in Irons and haul it off to the Pokey to be anal-raped by Lake Superior?
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Old 02-14-2008, 05:25 PM   #7
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Monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide have been used for on-orbit manuvers for decades. They still use it on every Shuttle flight. While these hypergolic fuels are extremely corrosive, you'd have to be pretty heavily doused in it, or breathe the vapor in a closed space, to present any serious threat to your health.

Maybe they should ask the Chinese to shoot it down for us. They seem to have that technology down pretty well.
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A chance to play "Cold War" and show off the tech that shoots down the failed satelite? Hope they don't miss! 'Cause the bomber didn't miss the carrier in the Pacific, seems just like the old days. Maybe we'll get focused on the new Red menace and forget all of that other nastyness that's goin' on else where.
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I thought we tested ASAT missiles launched from F-15s back in the '80s. Can't we just use one of those? Or, perhaps, the satellite in question is too high.
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I thought we tested ASAT missiles launched from F-15s back in the '80s. Can't we just use one of those? Or, perhaps, the satellite in question is too high.
They only built 15 and and only two display models with inert motors are left now. They are 20 years old anyhow and if any live ones were left the motors would probably just explode. On top of that there aren't any F-15s modified to launch it any more.
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