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In Heaven, Ronald Reagan Smiles!!!

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  1. GunDr

    GunDr Well-Known Member

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    To all those commie bastards who mocked the idea of "Star Wars" and said that it was like "hitting a bullet with a bullet"




    WASHINGTON -- A Navy missile soaring 130 miles above the Pacific smashed a dying and potentially deadly U.S. spy satellite Wednesday and probably destroyed a tank carrying 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel, officials said.

    Officials had expressed cautious optimism that the missile would hit the satellite, which was the size of a school bus. But they were less certain of hitting the smaller, more problematic fuel tank, whose contents posed what Bush administration officials deemed a potential health hazard to humans if it landed intact.

    In a statement announcing that the Navy missile struck the satellite, the Pentagon said, "Confirmation that the fuel tank has been fragmented should be available within 24 hours." It made no mention of early indications, but a defense official close to the situation said later that officials monitoring the collision saw what appeared to be an explosion, indicating that the fuel tank was hit.

    The USS Lake Erie, armed with an SM-3 missile designed to knock down incoming missiles _ not orbiting satellites _ launched the attack at 10:26 p.m. EST, according to the Pentagon. It hit the satellite about three minutes later as the spacecraft traveled in polar orbit at more than 17,000 mph.

    Because the satellite was orbiting at a relatively low altitude at the time it was hit by the missile, debris will begin to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere immediately, the Pentagon statement said.

    "Nearly all of the debris will burn up on re-entry within 24-48 hours and the remaining debris should re-enter within 40 days," it said.

    The use of the Navy missile amounted to an unprecedented use of components of the Pentagon's missile defense system, designed to shoot down hostile ballistic missiles in flight _ not kill satellites.

    The operation was so extraordinary, with such intense international publicity and political ramifications, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates _ not a military commander _ was to make the final decision to pull the trigger.
     
  2. Don Steele

    Don Steele Well-Known Member

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    Looks like The Gipper Wins another one...!!!!
     
  3. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    130 miles out doing 17,000 mph! Now THAT's "Long Yardage Handicap"!

    John C. Saubak
     
  4. mike moncilovich

    mike moncilovich TS Member

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    Guess what? China did the same several weeks ago..
     
  5. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    Looks like Dr.longshot is going to have to come up with a new Longshot Load,
    17,000 miles per hour that shell will have to be 1,497,700 fps just to keep up with it, I don't think my AA Super Hcp hull will hold enough powder, and my 34in
    .740 bore Kolar T/S Bbl is long enough to get the speed needed. Neil will 1 1/4 oz copper 5s reah 130+ miles, w/o burning up at the estimated fps to hit that sattelite? Will I have to go to Titanium shot? I think a new hull will have to be designed to hold the Longshot powder, the more bulky Activ hull will not make it. Back to the loading bench.

    Now that will put a smile on Ronald Reagan's face.

    Dr.longshot
    Gary Bryant
     
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