[FPSPACE] Soyuz entry
kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za
Wed Apr 23 07:14:55 EDT 2008
To laypersons, there's one extraordinary revelation about this.
During at least the Cold War, both the USSR & the USA maintained the
greatest radar arrays in world history, alert 24/7 for over a third of a
century, watching for enemy bombers, plane & missile alike, that might
be aiming at them. Today, one imagines that is supplemented by "look
Yet in the 21st century, when both a 100 tonne Columbia "warhead",
and a 4 tonne Soyuz "warhead", is streaking downwards to their
homelands* , neither superpower can track it (or its plasma sheath)
continuously on their radars!
They remain ignorant for perhaps twenty minutes about where exactly a
100 tonne or a 4 tonne "warhead" has disappeared to over their
* I assume that 100 kms altitude in neighbouring Kazakhstan is still in
line of sight of Russian defence radars, as well as any they are still
permitted to continue operating within sovereign Kazakhstan.
> Finally there still remains the question about telemetry and
> why wasn't the DM separation failure immediately picked up by mission
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