NRO’s Bird is Falling Down

Posted by Keith McMillan

January 28, 2008 | Leave a Comment

I’ve seen the story of a US spy satellite currently in orbit which has “lost power and propulsion” and is set to come crashing down to Earth in the near future.  Some sources are reporting that it’s likely a photo reconnaissance satellite. Both the articles I read mentioned that there’s no way to control the bird now, that we don’t know where it’s coming down, and “it may contain hazardous substances” (as if falling from the sky wasn’t hazardous enough).

The thing I keep wondering is, if it’s so highly classified that we can’t tell you what type of satellite it is, or why and when it lost power, then who’s going to go and make sure nobody looks at it when it crashes (by picking up the pieces, maybe?), and when are they going to know where they’re going to?


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