US Military Spacecraft Explodes – March 2, 2015
The Air Force has confirmed that a [non-critical] U.S. military satellite exploded after detecting an unexplained “sudden spike in temperature” followed by “an unrecoverable loss of attitude control.” Dozens of debris chunks are now orbiting the Earth, putting other satellites at risk. The lost satellite was the 13th to be launched as part of DMSP, designated DMSP-F13, and had been in Earth orbit since 1995.
In absolutely completely unrelated news /sarc:
New Report says China’s Space Plans Threaten U.S. Military Ability – March 2, 2015
“China is developing space technologies aimed at blocking U.S. military communications and destroying its ability to win conflicts, according to a report commissioned by a panel created by the U.S. Congress.”
“The little bit of hydrazine remaining on board is extremely safe. There was nothing to explode. That sudden spike in temperature is code-speak for ‘anti-satellite laser weapon being tried out by the Chinese, but we don’t want to accuse anybody’.” – Grunt of Monte Cristo
“Accuse anybody? Obama probably sent them flowers.” – Chrissy the Hyphenated
H/t Mindful Webworker