[amsat-bb] Re: Navy to shoot down satellite
tyler881 at comcast.net
Thu Feb 14 19:06:52 PST 2008
So is the SM-3 going to smack it, blow up just below it, or smack it and
then blow up?
Even though the satellite is "flying" in a nice, predictable straight line,
it's still moving at 17K mph. The SM-3 doesn't have enough umph to put
itself into anything but a sub-orbital shot. It will still be going
ludicrous speed when it gets there. (Space Balls reference - sorry couldn't
resist) Won't the impact throw parts into higher orbits, or is it still low
enough to come back down very soon?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: "'AMSAT-BB'" <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:48 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Navy to shoot down satellite
> NASA news conference is saying the Navy will try to shoot down
> the soon to deorbit spy satellite. Should be fun!
> Bob, WB4APR
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