[amsat-bb] Re: Navy to shoot down satellite

Tyler Harpster 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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