Sunday, August 10, 2008

Jim Oberg tells the 'inside story' of the USA 193 intercept

Jim has written another article for IEEE Spectrum on the downing of USA 193: U.S. Satellite Shootdown: The Inside Story - While assessing the hazards of hydrazine reentry from space, a journalist discovers the hazards of media commentary as well. His conclusion was that the threat was very real and that it came down to...
the “regret factor”—the issue of what might follow from a decision to simply do nothing. “At the end of the day,” asks Chilton, “how could we look somebody in the eye who had relatives killed or injured?”