USA 193 apparently in trouble

From: Ted Molczan (
Date: Thu Jan 11 2007 - 21:07:19 EST

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    I have just learned of this report by Reuters:
    Here is an excerpt:
    <<<< Expensive new U.S. spy satellite not working: sources Thu Jan 11, 2007
    4:39pm ET
    By Andrea Shalal-Esa - Exclusive
    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.
    "They have not yet declared it a total loss. There are still some additional
    steps that can be taken to restore communication," the official added, noting
    some satellites had been recovered in similar situations in the past.
    The official said the problems were substantial and involved multiple systems,
    adding that U.S. officials were working to reestablish contact with the
    satellite because of the importance of the new technology it was meant to test
    and demonstrate.
    The other source said the satellite had been described to him as "a
    comprehensive failure. >>>>
    This is most unfortunate. I hope that communications and normal operation can be
    Ted Molczan
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