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  • US and China launched space weapon tests: documents

    02/02/2011 8:22:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 2/11/2010 | AFP via Google News
    The United States and China both used advanced missiles to blow up their own satellites in a mutual show of military strength, documents published in Thursday's Telegraph newspaper showed. The memos, leaked by the WikiLeaks website, revealed that the US responded to China's 2007 destruction of a weather satellite by blowing up its own malfunctioning satellite in a "test" strike. The US insisted at the time that it undertook the operation to prevent the satellite returning to earth with a toxic fuel tank which would pose a health hazard. A leaked cable sent from the US embassy in Beijing in...
  • Expensive new U.S. spy satellite not working: sources

    01/11/2007 3:01:28 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 23 replies · 1,241+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 11, 2007 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials are unable to communicate with an expensive experimental U.S. spy satellite launched last year by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a defense official and another source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. Efforts are continuing to reestablish communication with the classified satellite, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but "the prognosis is not great at this point," said the defense official, who asked not to be identified. ~ snip ~
  • Defunct Spy Satellite Falling From Orbit

    01/26/2008 1:03:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 123 replies · 187+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | January 26, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A large U.S. spy satellite has lost power and propulsion and could hit the Earth in late February or March, government officials said Saturday. The satellite, which no longer be controlled, could contain hazardous materials, and it is unknown where on the planet it might come down, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information is classified as secret.