shoot down questions

From: Dale Ireland (direland@drdale.com)
Date: Fri Feb 15 2008 - 05:08:46 UTC

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    If the satellite is hit wouldn't it actually reenter sooner as small high
    drag pieces would come down faster. It wouldn't launch many fragments into
    higher orbits would it?
    
    If the satellite has a reactor that is designed to survive reentry could it
    survive a missile hit? If so could the heavy reactor, now separated from the
    rest of the craft be identifiable by its drag characteristics in orbit and
    subject to a second specific missile hit?
    
    I am just assuming that the real reason for shooting it down is to destroy
    the high security parts and also avoid the embarrassment of having a
    plutonium reactor drop on an unfriendly country,... like the Netherlands.
    
    Dale
    
    
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