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Homeland Security Advisory

January 31, 2008

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The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America.

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who heads of U.S. Northern Command, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the size of the satellite suggests that some number of pieces will not burn up as the orbiting vehicle re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and will hit the ground.

"We're aware that this satellite is out there,"( Gee Ya Think? ) Renuart said. "We're aware it is a fairly substantial size. And we know there is at least some percentage that it could land on ground as opposed to in the water."

A U.S. official confirmed that the spy satellite is designated by the military as US 193. It was launched in December 2006 but almost immediately lost power and cannot be controlled. It carried a sophisticated and secret imaging sensor but the satellite's central computer failed shortly after launch. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.

Renuart added that, "As it looks like it might re-enter into the North American area," then the U.S. military along with the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will either have to deal with the impact or assist Canadian or Mexican authorities.

Military agencies, he said, are doing an analysis to determine which pieces most likely would survive re-entry. But he cautioned that officials won't have much detail on where or when it will crash until it begins to move through the atmosphere and break up.

Renuart added that there does not as yet appear to be much concern about sensitive technologies on the satellite falling into enemy hands.

"I'm not aware that we have a security issue," he said. "It's really just a big thing falling on the ground that we want to make sure we're prepared for."

The satellite includes some small engines that contain a toxic chemical called hydrazine—which is rocket fuel. But Renuart said they are not large booster engines with substantial amounts of fuel.

Video images of the satellite captured by John Locker, a British amateur satellite watcher, show it to be about 13 feet to 16.5 feet across. He believes it weighs a maximum of 10,000 pounds. Locker calculated its size with data on its altitude and location provided by other amateur satellite watchers, using the International Space Station as a yardstick.

Satellite watchers—a worldwide network of hobbyists who track satellites for fun—have been plotting the satellite's degradation for a year. They estimate it is now at an altitude of about 173 miles, and Locker believes it is dropping about 1,640 feet a day.

Where it lands will be difficult to predict until the satellite falls to about 59 miles above the Earth and enters the atmosphere. It will then begin to burn up, with flares visible from the ground, said Ted Molczan, a Canadian satellite tracker. From that point on, he said, it will take about 30 minutes to fall.

In the past 50 years of monitoring space, 17,000 manmade objects have re-entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Uh... Would'nt this be a great time to use our Anti-Ballistic Missle System? You know like blow this thing out of the air the moment it reaches Earth's atmosphere? I think for this event it's a perfect time to try it out! It's been successful at knocking missiles out of the air in war games between Japan and the US! Because with our luck it will land smack dab in the middle of Oklahoma. I think it's time to give this thing a REAL test. Just a suggestion.



Blogger Jib said...

The only problem with blowing it up in space is that it will create thousands or millions of particles of space debris that could prove problematic for other satellites, the international space station, or space shuttle missions. Allowing it to re-enter will burn off most of the debris. The remainder should prove less problematic than Space Lab.

January 31, 2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Don't worry Marie, we ain't never gonna get out of this world alive any how.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry

January 31, 2008 5:34 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Welcome to my blog Jib,

I dont quite mean blowing it up in space not so much as timing this thing just right.

Like when it enters earth's atmosphere when it get's to the point when it is starting to disintegrate anyway why cant we blow it up then? And all the tiny particles will burn up?

Isnt that more plausible than letting the damn thing crash to earth, and especially the US?

I'm no expert on these matters but sounds like a winner to me!


Well yeah but I was'nt planning on going out this way lol

January 31, 2008 6:38 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I don't know maybe it can be redirected to a certain address in Chappaqua New York and see if Hillary still believes that our spy capability needs less funding!

January 31, 2008 8:24 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...



This thing is out of control now and we have no idea where it's going to land.

To bad it couldnt be guided to land in a certain area, I know what you mean :-)

January 31, 2008 11:23 AM  
Blogger Uncle Pavian said...

Hey, Marie--
Y'think after the satellite hits I can call NASA and have them come out and get that old washing machine in my back yard that the city keeps forgetting to pick up? Tell 'em it's a piece of the debris, or something...

February 03, 2008 12:12 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Uncle P,


Sorry it took so long for me to make a reply back, but blogger has'nt been emailing me if I have a comment.

I have been having to check my post's and see if there are any comment's and I just found yours.

Hey! The Pentagon said they would pay for any damage done to anything or anyone if it hits, I guess you could take that up with the Pentagon lol

February 15, 2008 3:16 PM  

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