What I can't figger is China and Russia whining about us having an anti-missile capability. The have nuke rockets aimed at us and China has tested a missile defense of its own. Do they think we will roll over and get rid of our technology to make us defenseless and them happy? Only with Obama!!
We're all as good as dead.
This is good stuff. You just KNOW the military folks involved are going nuts over the chance to blow up something in outer space. I would be.
Sounds so 007. I love it!!
Let me get this straight. We have the capability to launch a missle so accurate that it can hit a satellite, but we need to be sure that the shuttle landed before we made the effort so as not to endanger it?
11:07 - They wanted the shuttle to land first so that it wouldn't encounter debris from the shoot down.
I'm no rocket scientist, but it is amazing that a heat-seeking missile is being used to hit a target with no heat signature.
12:49 - Actually, it is guided by radar.
Yeah, hydrazine rocket fuel can cause nausea and damage to the liver and lungs if overexposed to the vapor. Plenty of reason to shoot it out of the sky with a several million dollar experimental project. I mean, it could land in someone's living room during NASCAR and everyone would all just stand around, soaking it in, potentially becoming nauseated.
The ship that will feed the targeting data is USS Decatur . They will also take a shot at it if the first one misses. No truth to the rumor The Decatur is aiming for a bankshot into Bridgeport.
From the deck of the USS Decatur:"Hey bubba....hold my beer...and watch this."
I got a heat seeking moisture missile I'd like to lock on to Sillycones Alley.
Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the U.S. Navy, and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution.
As 1:19 says, the risk of injury from any kind of encounter with the gas aboard this satellite is extremely minimal. You are as likely to be hit by a meteorite as this satellite. This is a big publicity act to hype the futile anti-missile defense system. The current problem is - it may not even work. I've already heard the Navy is trying to postpone the shot due to "heavy seas." Oh joy, an anti-ballistic missile system that only works in good weather. Please remind our possible attackers to wait till the weather is good so we might have a chance to shoot their missiles down. Oh yes, and please let us know weeks in advance when the attack will be and where to look for the targets. Folks, the ABM systems have always had very limited capability and in no way are capable of defending against an all out attack from Russia or China.
I will be very interested to see if they come within a couple of miles of it. And this isn't exactly the same as missle defense - they have equipment on it that tells exactly where it is and have been tracking it for years. It is not trying to pick something up and lock on to it within 15 minutes when you don't know where it is headed.
My guess is that the officers and crew of the USS Decatur will become so involved arguing with each other over the existence of God, local/national politics, the attributes of the daily "pick me up" and the Eagles/Bulls rivalry, that they'll forget their duties and the ship will be blindsided by a rock hauler whose driver was talking to his fat, toothless mistress on his cell phone and trying to eat a Whataburger while steering with his knees. All of the innocent sailors on the Decatur will be killed and the mug shot of the smiling truck driver with a piece of lettuce on his chin will be on the front page of the Messenger right next to the picture of Phil King speaking at the Lions Club and just above the picture of a smiling Andrew Rottner holding an oversized donation check for a local charity.Apologies to AR ~ luv ya, babe!
2:00At least Decatur, ILLINOIS named one of their high schools after him.
7:53AM, its because we whined when China blew up that satellite in their own test. You can't have it both ways.
This just in....It's dead, Jim.
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