RE: Expert saying over 40,000 pieces from FengYun1C

From: Stephan Szyman (
Date: Fri Jan 19 2007 - 22:13:17 EST

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    "flying  tomato can," huh?  as if orbital debris isn't a bad enough problem 
    already, they  have to smash these things.  flippin' idiots, both the USAF 
    and the PLA,  if you ask me.  I'd like to take this opportunity in the 
    discussion to stand behind the federation of american scientists and to join 
    them in their call to  end the weaponization of space.
    by the way it appears that the satellite  targeted in the 1985 test was P78 
    SolWind, launched February 24, 1979.
    clear skies!
    stephan szyman
    chicago IL USA
    41.6840N, 87.7000W; 188 msl
    >CNN is now reporting that some satellite experts are
    >saying that the destruction of the FengYun1C satellite
    >may have producted more than 40,000 pieces of
    >debris.They did not say who the experts were.A U.S.
    >state department spokesperson say they are worried by
    >this debris and its effect on man spaceflight and
    >commercial sats.
    >My question is what is the chances of this triggering
    >a cascading event?From what I see on the orbital
    >information on this debris it seems that it could be a
    >big danger to Leo sats.Does anyone remember if the
    >anti-satellite test 20 years ago by the USA cause any
    >damage to other satellites at that time?Does anyone
    >remember how much debris was produced from this test?
    >Thomas Dorman
    >Horizon City,Texas
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