Friday, February 15, 2008

It's a bit of an imprecise science at this point

The government is planning on shooting down a satellite. My favorite quote is:
Lt. Gen. Carter Ham, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it's difficult not only to hit the satellite but even to know the best time to shoot. "It's a bit of an imprecise science at this point," Ham said.
So, what you are saying is that after dozens of years of claiming to be a "super power" we are not sure if we can even hit one of our own satellites?


Scott said...

I have to disagree. I would say it is a whole lot of science to launch something from earth into space, aimed at a moving target orbiting the earth. It may be we are (really) bad at that "science", but that doesn't negate the fact that it is indeed science.

Oh, BTW: Math, geometry and physics are principles of this little science affair.

Jon Scott Stevens said...

Indeed. I'm not claiming it isn't easy. I'm simply astounded that after putting people on the moon, keeping several people floating around our heads 24/7 for many years now and developing technology to shoot missiles out of the sky (Patriot missiles) that shooting down a satellite is comparatively easy and has a pretty precise science.

Jon Scott Stevens said...

Oh and they did successfully shoot it down. So I guess the science is a bit more precise than the general claims.