The Pentagon may try to shoot down failing spy satellite USA 193 on Wednesday, according to amateur sky watchers.The reason given for shooting it down is public health concerns over the satellite's hydrazine fuel, mostly unspent due to its very short career in orbit. But, as the article points out, the bigger concern is over the advanced surveillance technology carried aboard the satellite falling into the wrong hands.
Ted Molczan, the dean of North American satellite spotters, who keeps an eye on the heavens from his Toronto apartment's balcony, on Monday posted on a satellite-observation Web site a "Notice to Airmen" issued earlier that day by the FAA's Honolulu Control Facility.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I wish I were in Hawaii this week
Not so much because it's cold, but because I might be lucky enough to get a view of a bus-sized satellite being blasted out of the sky by a missile.