Thursday, February 21, 2008

Satellite Takedown -SUCCESS!

Well the Navy is telling us today that they scored a direct hit on the spy satellite. The video below is from LiveLeak.

"Nothing the size of a football remains." -General Cartwright, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In an AP article I read this morning I thought the most interesting part was this:
"While Pentagon officials stressed that the satellite strike was a one- time incident, it certainly will spin off massive amounts of data and research that can be studied by the military as it works to improve its missile defense technologies."
Obviously, China is tracking all the developments and are asking the U.S. to provide data on the shoot out. (Article) Good luck getting that information China.

So I guess the hydrazine fuel is no longer an issue. Not that I believe is ever was the primary concern. Why? Well, here is a link to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for hydrazine. Here is the MSDS for gasoline. Not really a whole lot of difference in the health effects.

At this point I guess the only thing left to say is..
congratulations navy dudes.


  1. Thanks, Joe. Interesting information.

  2. Russia is also bitching about the test, saying the U.S. is taking another step toward weaponizing space (or something similar). Of course, they're just jealous, because they don't have the funds to do the same thing.

  3. F Russia. Superpower-has-beens. :0

  4. Considering that our enemies as we are told operate out of caves you wonder about the real benefit...

    I guess there are also killer asteroids to worry about...

  5. jollyjo...i think its a new type of two front war.
    One versus 'primitive' guerrilla enemies and one versus technological equivalents.

    There will always be an asteroid threat but I fear we are more likely to kill each other in religious rage first.

  6. CatScratch Diva2/22/2008 12:18:00 PM

    I'm just glad they had an opportunity to have target practice on something that wasn't a big threat.

    I mean they hit it, how cool is that???