Iridium Article..........

John Locker (satcom@mail.cybase.co.uk)
Wed, 3 Jun 1998 22:14:13 +0100

There has been some considerable discussion of late about the Iridiums and
I thought that list members  may be interested to know that in the June
edition of Satellite Times (Grove) there is a nice article by Geoff Chester
about the craft aptly titled...."Will You Get Flashed Tonight?".

Also  in the mag is a piece by Phil Chien ....... "The search for DoD-1"
..it unfolds the mystery about the Top Secret backgound of STS 53!

Whilst on the subject of classified launches , last autumn I wrote an
article for a couple of magazines about the MIRACL laser tests.In it I
covered SDI,and its re-emerngence in recent years under a different banner.
I was taken to task by a reader after stating that whilst a spaceborne
laser was planned, the USA had not yet placed such a craft in orbit.The
"expert" advised me this was not so,and that he KNEW that a high powered
laser was already in LEO.
I still stand by my original comment.......but am I wrong?....has the USA
placed a laser in space with sufficient firepower to destroy ICBMs?

Perhaps only time , and the FOIA , will tell !

Regards,

John.



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