OT: Satellite Collision

From: Richard Fredrick (rfredric@kc.rr.com)
Date: Thu Feb 12 2009 - 03:01:56 UTC

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    Purely as an armchair quarterback (sorry, I don't have an international equivalent at hand), but it seems that 
    since Iridium 33 was an "active" satellite and should have some maneuverability, that satellite should have, 
    ahem, gotten out of the way. It also seems to me that an entity (who controls them now that they're a U.S. 
    military asset?) that has invested millions? of dollars in a satellite program would be interested in keeping 
    them out of harms way.
    Last thing that strikes me as unusual about this fiasco is that it took around 24 hours for the news to filter 
    down to the civilian level. I wonder what the initial official reaction was.
    Richard Fredrick
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