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The satellite is outfitted with thrusters  small engines used to  
position it in space. They contain the toxic rocket fuel hydrazine,  
which can cause harm to anyone who contacts it. Officials have said  
there is about 1,000 pounds of propellent on the satellite.

Known by its military designation US 193, the satellite was launched  
in December 2006. It lost power and its central computer failed  
almost immediately afterward, leaving it uncontrollable. It carried a  
sophisticated and secret imaging sensor.


Clint Bradford, K6LCS / KAF3359
909-241-7666




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