[amsat-bb] Shoot Sat - add

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Thu Feb 14 12:55:28 PST 2008

The satellite is outfitted with thrusters — small engines used to  
position it in space. They contain the toxic rocket fuel hydrazine,  
which can cause harm to anyone who contacts it. Officials have said  
there is about 1,000 pounds of propellent on the satellite.

Known by its military designation US 193, the satellite was launched  
in December 2006. It lost power and its central computer failed  
almost immediately afterward, leaving it uncontrollable. It carried a  
sophisticated and secret imaging sensor.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359

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