Attempt to shoot down spy satellite t...

Attempt to shoot down spy satellite to cost up to $60 million

There are 18 comments on the www.cnn.com story from Feb 16, 2008, titled Attempt to shoot down spy satellite to cost up to $60 million. In it, www.cnn.com reports that:

The attempt by the U.S. Navy to use an anti-missile missile to shoot down a potentially hazardous satellite will cost between $40 million and $60 million, Pentagon officials told CNN on Friday.

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“Natural laws have no pity”

Since: May 07

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#1 Feb 16, 2008
Stupidity of the first degree.
perspective

Williamston, MI

#2 Feb 16, 2008
The US spends more than that for a few hours in iraq.

Since: Jan 07

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#3 Feb 16, 2008
If a shuttle can burn up to little tiny bits as it comes thru the atmosphere, why not this satellite ? The hydrazine fuel would burn up... think it's just an excuse to show off some testosterone??$60 Mill worth? That would rebuild a few schools! IN the USA that is (not in Iraq)

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

"bringin the heat"

#4 Feb 16, 2008
Well the Navy has already utilized its "anti-ship" ships, and its famous "anti sub" Subs.

Heck.....why not an "anti-missle Missle"????????
Great Time

Royal Oak, MI

#5 Feb 16, 2008
it is interesting to see this exercise live on TV.
This is a rehersal to prevent attack from aliens.
illegal drag race

Plattsburg, MO

#6 Feb 16, 2008
$60 million? bull hockey.

Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#7 Feb 16, 2008
illegal drag race wrote:
$60 million? bull hockey.
I dont believe that crap either. Someone is getting porked and it is the taxpayers.

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

"bringin the heat"

#9 Feb 17, 2008
This morning, Pentagon Officials unvieled the latest plan to "shoot down" the mini van sized sattelite . Using one of the captured "Super weapons " of Saddam Hussiens war machine, The GPG X-1 ( Giant Potatoe Gun) Navy officials plan to aim the giant spud firing super weapon skyward on March 23rd, at9:33 PM EST and fire a huge potato grown at the Wilson Farms in Betterdee Wisconsin.
(World Record @ 477 lbs) The plan, if it works , should, according to Captain Derk Stepens U.S.N. smash the sattelite with a mashed potato mush, encasing it with rapidly hardening starch, causing the objects orbit to shift minutely and allowing it to veer off course and miss Manhatten.(potato starch, as we all know is indestructable in a space vacuum).
wowsa

Gaithersburg, MD

#11 Feb 17, 2008
LOL, think of it this way. Maybe if the all the satellits pieces fell on earth, we can collect them and sell them in replace of our tax$$s. Cool idea heh? Sadly, who'd be our customers?
lessTALKmoreWALK

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Feb 17, 2008
JG OP wrote:
Well the Navy has already utilized its "anti-ship" ships, and its famous "anti sub" Subs.
Heck.....why not an "anti-missle Missle"????????
Not necessary. That satelite is in a known, predictable orbit. It won't be difficult to hit. An Anit-missle missle is effective in severly disrupting a programmed high speed trajectory, causing it to crash. Very good chance it won't break up. Just kill it.

A different kind of missle is required to litterly blow it to pieces as the pieces re-entering will burn up on re-entry into the earth's oxygen rich atmosphere.

They need to completely destroy it if possible because it has advanced spy satelite components.
Can't be allowed to re-enter intact.

We (the U.S.) might as well start (if they don't already exist) to build and deploy "cop" satelites to arrest and destroy these orbiting dumptrucks which will definitly occur in the future. There is litterly millions of pounds of man-made stuff in orbit.

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

"bringin the heat"

#13 Feb 17, 2008
Betterdee Wisconin 8:12 PM EST Wayne Wilson, the local farmer who raised the incredible 477 lb potato the Pentagon has purchased for use in the GPG X-1 Rogue Satellite shoot down attempt schedualed for March 23rd, said today that "I didnt see this comming, thats for sure" Wilson recieved a check for $1433.99 for the giant spud that Navy officials are to load in the so called "Super Gun" aquired in the Iraq invasion.
A special semi tractor picked up the potato yesterday in the pre-dawn hours for the 1100 mile trek to the Patuxant Naval base in Maryland where engineers will craft the bulky potato into a bullet shaped "slug" and then load the weapon two days before the actual firing. Scientists believe that the starch in the potato's fiber is impermeable to the vacuum of space and therefor makes the optimum composition for a shot at the misguided satellite. Officials are hoping to coat the space vehicle with a mash of potato fibre and cause the craft to veer out of orbit.
lessTALKmoreWALK

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Feb 17, 2008
JG OP wrote:
Betterdee Wisconin 8:12 PM EST Wayne Wilson, the local farmer who raised the incredible 477 lb potato the Pentagon has purchased for use in the GPG X-1 Rogue Satellite shoot down attempt schedualed for March 23rd, said today that "I didnt see this comming, thats for sure" Wilson recieved a check for $1433.99 for the giant spud that Navy officials are to load in the so called "Super Gun" aquired in the Iraq invasion.
A special semi tractor picked up the potato yesterday in the pre-dawn hours for the 1100 mile trek to the Patuxant Naval base in Maryland where engineers will craft the bulky potato into a bullet shaped "slug" and then load the weapon two days before the actual firing. Scientists believe that the starch in the potato's fiber is impermeable to the vacuum of space and therefor makes the optimum composition for a shot at the misguided satellite. Officials are hoping to coat the space vehicle with a mash of potato fibre and cause the craft to veer out of orbit.
>>>>Oh, my god!!!! Why don't more people know about this. It is so freeking simple with huge ramifications.....

The presidential wanna be next guy, will have it made in the shade if they don't back this or screw it up with politics.
lesbolib

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#15 Feb 17, 2008
If a shuttle can burn up to little tiny bits as it comes through the atmosphere, why not this satellite?

US spy tools could get into enemy hands - and I like that because I am ashamed of America.

The hydrazine fuel would burn up... think it's just
Or is is just an an excuse to show off some testosterone??$60 Mill worth? That would rebuild a few schools! IN the USA that is (not in Iraq) We need more social programs and less security!
stopTAGGING ourWALLS

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Feb 17, 2008
lesbolib wrote:
If a shuttle can burn up to little tiny bits as it comes through the atmosphere, why not this satellite?
US spy tools could get into enemy hands - and I like that because I am ashamed of America.
The hydrazine fuel would burn up... think it's just
Or is is just an an excuse to show off some testosterone??$60 Mill worth? That would rebuild a few schools! IN the USA that is (not in Iraq) We need more social programs and less security!
I truly tend to agree with the thrust of your solution, however, my good guess is that they have thought this through to the extent that leaving it to the same demise as the shuttle just wouldn't do. Did you see the photos of the larger pieces that made it to earth? I have.

I do, however, like the giant potato gun. Next worst thing that could possibly occur is the aroma of twice baked potato skins in the breeze.

“Here's looking at ya!”

Since: Jul 07

AOL

#17 Feb 18, 2008
We have money for this C R A P, but no money for Social Security or health care for Americans....WOW -What a Country!!!

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

"bringin the heat"

#18 Feb 18, 2008
As of 9:55 AM this morning the transport vehicle had NOT arrived at the Patuxant naval station and no word has yet been recieved on the whereabouts of the Giant Spud "projectile" Penatgon officials are mum and the "Launch staff" was unavailable for public comment this evening.

Since: Jan 07

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#19 Jul 26, 2008
A brand new school or two could have been build with that money.

We are doing to ourselves what we did to USSR ... over militarize and go deep into deadly debt

“**** JOHN VIS ******* ”

Since: Sep 07

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#20 Jul 26, 2008
NASA has "officially" deemed operation "spudgun" a failure and halted all future testing of the giant spudbarrel weapon after the latest failure to create anything other than a mushy mess in outer space. The expolded potatoe projectile now poses an even greater threat than any enemy spy satellite , as literally billions of soft, wet mashe potatoe particles now orbit the earth much like the rings of Saturn , posing an alarming threat to Space Shuttle window visabilITY. This new unforeseen development has climate scientists alarmed, as taking polar ice melting photo's through the shuttles giant windows will now be jeapordized.

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