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'Satan' missiles to fight asteroid threats ?


Posted on Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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A Russian scientist has proposed using old Soviet-era weaponry to defend against an asteroid impact.

SS-18 Satan heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles and other similar armaments could prove invaluable in defending against an incoming asteroid, at least that is according to senior researcher Sabit Saitgarayev at the State Rocket Design Center in Chelyabinsk. If adequately prepared, he claims, the old Soviet-era missiles could destroy small asteroids that are within six hours of a collision with the Earth.

"Carrier rockets created on the basis of intercontinental ballistic missiles like Voyevoda, which use standard liquid fuel based on hydrazine, are well-suited for fighting suddenly discovered small [space] objects," he said. "They can stay in the condition of their readiness for launch for ten and more years, after some reequipping."

"Russia can use Soviet-era SS-18 Satan heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles to destroy celestial bodies posing a threat to Earth, a Russian scientist said on Sunday, four months after a powerful meteor struck Russia’s Urals region."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by skookum on 26 June, 2013, 23:19
Sounds like a good excuse to insure they are serviced and have the budget to maintain them for the next 10 years. “They [missiles] can stay in the condition of their readiness for launch for ten and more years, after some reequipping,” the scientist said. I would imagine after over two decades of massive military budget cuts a good proportion of their massive arsenal of nukes need either major overhauls or complete replacement. I am sure the military would like to get their most powerful financed and safe guarded for the next ten years at least. They take two days to ready and fuel but would o... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by danielost on 27 June, 2013, 1:50
I thought nasa decided this was a bad idea.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Shush_rules on 27 June, 2013, 7:24
we won't last forever. we've had our chance so let nature take its course or give us all space training and get the **** out of here.i seriously doubt a tiny Russian sparkler would work anyway....why because there'd be too much squabbling over who presses the button and where it's aimed. What does that even mean?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 27 June, 2013, 15:24
There is one low tech salution that might help, but it would upset drawf if I go any further. It won't annoy me, it will just bore me pointing out all over again what a truly, monumentally idiotic idea it is. It will bore me further re-posting evidence from experts in asteroid mining (ie the companies which plan to do exactly they) which have already proved you wrong once, only to have you think you know better and ignore the evidence. Needless top say mining an asteroid is neither low tech nor a good idea for saving the Earth.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 27 June, 2013, 15:26
Therock that it russia was to small to be deticted before it hit. No it wasn't. Such asteroids are difficult, but not impossible to detect. This one was impossible to see before impact because it approached Earth from the daylight side. It is also impossible to be observing all of the sky, all of the time, so small objects can easily be missed.
Comment icon #15 Posted by gOOgLer on 28 June, 2013, 19:23
I'd rather not rely on russian technology. Something could go wrong long before Satan reaches asteroid, and than what?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 June, 2013, 19:39
I'd rather not rely on russian technology. Something could go wrong long before Satan reaches asteroid, and than what? i would rather rely on Russian technology than no technology at all. If there is one thing the Russians make well it's rockets.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Gold Star on 29 June, 2013, 14:27
For the times of the next three asteroid hits this century download the free pdf at http://www.kennethmheck.com/aboutthebook.html (bottom of the page. This is amazing!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Theater of Dreams on 2 July, 2013, 6:22
Anyone else skeptical about having 'Satan' have the planet?
Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 July, 2013, 13:27
Anyone else skeptical about having 'Satan' have the planet? I think it is worth pointing out that "SS-18 Satan" is not the name the Russians gave this missile, it is the NATO nickname for it. The Russians call it the R36 Voyevoda.


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