Spy Satellite’s Scheduled Destruction Raises Concerns About Diplomatic Fallout

Spy Satellite’s Scheduled Destruction Raises Concerns About Diplomatic Fallout

The Pentagon's decision to shoot down a failing U.S. spy satellite has prompted speculation about why the orbiter must intentionally be destroyed and has reignited debate regarding the military and diplomatic implications of using weapons in space.

Last week, Pentagon officials said that a three-ship convoy just north of the Hawaiian Islands would track the satellite and shoot it down in the next two weeks using a modified SM-3 missile fired from an Aegis cruiser.

The satellite, launched just over a year ago, experienced a technical failure almost immediately after reaching space and is currently circling in a low orbit, about 140 miles above the earth.

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