Deep Space Drones: SpaceX Wars - Deep Space Drones
Last month, China successfully launched a new space station, the Tiāngōng 2 which means "Heavenly Palace 2". It's 47 feet long and 14 feet wide, designed for a crew of 2, with life support for 30 days.
It's a prototype, part of the People's Republic of China's goal to create a third generation space station similar to the Russian Mir space station.
The Soviet Union built Mir in space over 10 years between 1986 and 1996. Mir was de-orbited in a controlled manner.
This space station is iteration 2 of Tiāngōng 1. Unlike the Mir, this baby coming back down to Earth out of control.
That's right, a year from now the weather prediction somewhere on Earth will be chance of rain of steel. Make sure to dress properly.
Yeah, the odds of hitting a populated area is low.
If you are going to launch something into space, you should probably consider, and maybe even plan for where your junk is going to go.
As of July 2013, there are over 170 million objects orbiting the earth that are under a centimeter in size, 670,00 in the 1 to 10 cm and 29,000 being larger than that. Look up at the night sky, and you will inevitably see 1 of 1419 satellites go by.
Look, going anywhere into space is not easy.
With everything going for it, SpaceX has had it's own disasters.
5 days before China's successful Tiāngōng 2 launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launch pad.
Nobody got hurt, but it was a loss of over a quarter billion dollars.
The explosion took the AMOS-6 satellite with it. This was a Facebook project to provide 14 African countries with free Internet access.
The root cause at this point appears to be the a large breach in the cryogenic helium system.
Some are suspecting sabotage, with an image of an unidentified object near the rocket just before the explosion.
Conspiracy theorists have been liking this one. There is now a video on YouTube showing an unidentified flying object flying past the rocket at the same time as the explosion took place.
Although there was a lot of fire, it really wasn't an explosion, more like a flame that started at the top, rapidly moving down, engulfing the entire rocket.
The YouTube video is called UFO Destroys SpaceX Rocket On Launch Pad. If the object is actually flying over the rocket, It would be just a few feet across in size.
Let's assume that it is for arguments sake.
This thing is really moving, showing up in only seven frames of the video. The explosion takes place just prior to the UFO flying directly over the Falcon 9. This could be explained if the object had fired something at the rocket, right before the fly by.
Let's also assume that the object is not being flown by tiny aliens. This leaves very few possibilities, as to what it can be, other than a drone.
You may think that drones can't go that fast right? Well, considering that some commercial drones can move at over a hundred miles an hour, a custom built one, may very well be able to go much faster.
Again, this is assuming the video isn't a fake.
The implication here is of course sabotage. Yes, it's a leap, but what the hell. Let's see where this takes us.
If it's sabotage, then how, why, who?
Lets start with the why. That one is easy, money. If this is corporate sabotage, thus it's likely about money. Yes, we are taking all kinds of leaps today.
So then who. Who would benefit the most from this hit? Not Facebook. They lost their satellite. In the words of Mark Zuckerberg, "As I'm here in Africa, I'm deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided so much connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent."
The alleged drone looks like it fired something at the rocket, so that would mean it was an armed drone.
So, the scenario now is that a pilot remotely controlled the armed drone and fired something at it while movi…