Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Interceptor Missile Fails in Test Launch

SDI screws the pooch yet again:

"An interceptor missile failed to launch early Wednesday in what was to have been the first full flight test of the U.S. national missile defense system in nearly two years.

The Missile Defense Agency has attempted to conduct the test several times this month, but scrubbed each one for a variety of reasons, including various weather problems and a malfunction on a recovery vessel not directly related to the equipment being tested.

A target missile carrying a mock warhead was successfully launched as scheduled from Kodiak, Alaska, at 12:45 a.m. EST, in the first launch of a target missile from Kodiak in support of a full flight test of the system.

However, the agency said the ground-based interceptor 'experienced an anomaly shortly before it was to be launched' from the Ronald Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean 16 minutes after the target missile left Alaska."

An "anomaly" with this budget-burning Rube Goldberg scheme could mean anything from massive structural failure to winds gusting at more than fifteen knots...The article goes on to remind readers of the program's illustrious five-for-eight record in tests that were essentially rigged to eliminate the possibility of failure. Well, almost eliminate, anyway.

I love that the test site is named after Ronald Raygun. I think everything connected to this fiasco should be stamped with his name, just to remind us of what a dimwit he was.


Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

How dare you poke fun at the greatest President since George W. Bush!

Late comment, I know, and probably not even worth the click, but I followed today's link.

3:29 PM  

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