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  1. 09 Nov '10 20:24
    November 9, 2010 | 11:50 am
    The mysterious projectile spotted Monday off the Southern California coast has Defense Department officials scratching their heads. Was it a missile? Who may have launched it and where did it come from?

    Military officials said the unidentified object captured on video by television station KCBS does not pose a threat to the nation, but the lack of a clear explanation has only fueled speculation online.

    By midday "missile" was among the most popular topics on microblogging site Twitter, where users posted all sorts of explanations for the luminous point hurtling through the sky some 35 miles off the Pacific coast.



    The object appeared to have been launched at sea, which prompted speculation that it had been launched by a U.S. Navy vessel.

    However, Navy officials contacted by local news stations said they were unaware of a missile launch in that area. Contacted by ABC News, a Navy official said today they were still looking into the report, but, a preliminary check indicated it was not a Navy asset.

    U.S. Northern Command said it's investigating. They say there was no launch last night from Vandenberg Air Force Base which is a regular launch point for the testing of missiles.

    "NORAD and USNORTHCOM are aware of the unexplained contrail reported off the coast of Southern California yesterday evening," the agency said in a statement. "At this time, we are unable to provide specific details, but we are working to determine the exact nature of this event. We can confirm that there is no indication of any threat to our nation and we will provide more information as it becomes available."

    What do you think it was?


    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=138739&catid=2

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/curiousity-over-mystery-missile-online.html
  2. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    09 Nov '10 20:40
    Did it make a big "WHOOOSH" sound as it flew over?
  3. 09 Nov '10 20:46 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Palynka
    Did it make a big "WHOOOSH" sound as it flew over?
    LOL! I dunno. I am on the East coast. I am curious where the hell it landed though. And did it make a big SPLASH sound.
  4. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Nov '10 20:51
    The ritual has succeeded!

    Ia! Ia! The Great Worm of the Sea has awakened!
  5. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Nov '10 20:54 / 3 edits
    Probably a submarine launched ICBM. Probably American. Probably. Or maybe LCS module of some kind...

    Isn't red a lucky color in China?



    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/11/09/131187504/-mystery-missile-launch-leaves-california-scratching-its-head?sc=tw&cc=share

    EDIT

    David B (valleyswede) wrote:

    From SF Chronicle post:

    KZLA LOS ANGELES A2832/10 - THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ARE REQUIRED DUE TO NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION ACTIVATION OF W537. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, ALL NON-PARTICIPATING PILOTS ARE ADVISED TO AVOID W537. IFR TRAFFIC UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND W537 AND CAE 1176. CAE 1155 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1316 & CAE 1318 WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. CAE 1177 WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR OCEANIC TRANSITION. W537 ACTIVE, CAE 1176 CLOSED. SURFACE - FL390, 09 NOV 20:00 2010 UNTIL 10 NOV 01:00 2010. CREATED: 08 NOV 20:52 2010

    Translation:
    Location near Los Angeles has been declared to be active restricted operating zone for pilots who are not affiliated with the Naval Air Warfare Center. Pilots navigating with instruments will be steered around the zone by air traffic controllers. Zone starts at sea level and extends up to 39k feet. Active 10/9 - 10/10
    Zulu time is 8 hours different, which puts this alert prior to the launch. Our side. Somebody at the Navy just didn't get the memo.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/11/09/131187504/-mystery-missile-launch-leaves-california-scratching-its-head?sc=tw&cc=share
  6. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Nov '10 21:13
    From above:

    Don Saunders (Donny12) wrote:

    ...Today, China’s Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. lowered the US's credit rating for the second time in five months citing, "a deteriorating intent and ability to repay debt obligations" according to Bloomber.com.
  7. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    09 Nov '10 21:23
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    From above:

    Don Saunders (Donny12) wrote:

    ...Today, China’s Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. lowered the US's credit rating for the second time in five months citing, "a deteriorating intent and ability to repay debt obligations" according to Bloomber.com.
    Excellent!

    Maybe they'll stop selling us so much crap and rejuvenate our manufacturing industries.

    Plus, they hold so many outstanding dollars that they're just cutting off their nose to spite their face.
  8. 09 Nov '10 21:31
    Better ask Dr. Strangelove.
  9. 09 Nov '10 21:49
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    November 9, 2010 | 11:50 am
    The mysterious projectile spotted Monday off the Southern California coast has Defense Department officials scratching their heads. Was it a missile? Who may have launched it and where did it come from?

    Military officials said the unidentified object captured on video by television station KCBS does not pose a threat to ...[text shortened]... http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/11/curiousity-over-mystery-missile-online.html
    Obviously it was launched by a sub. So if it is not a US sub then......well......get ready!!
  10. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Nov '10 21:55
    Originally posted by whodey
    Obviously it was launched by a sub. So if it is not a US sub then......well......get ready!!
    It could have been fired by a surface ship or off of one of those islands. The position is not certain yet.
  11. 09 Nov '10 23:38
    Oh jebus it was out of Vandenbergh AFB near Ventura.
    I launch them all the time just for teh lulz.
  12. Standard member Goatboysrevenge
    Justice 4 the 96
    10 Nov '10 10:53
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    LOL! I dunno. I am on the East coast. I am curious where the hell it landed though. And did it make a big SPLASH sound.
    Only if there was someone around to hear it...
  13. 10 Nov '10 11:01
    Don't anyone in USA ever heard about meteors? That some are big, bolides, and give a missile like appearance?
  14. 10 Nov '10 12:33
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Don't anyone in USA ever heard about meteors? That some are big, bolides, and give a missile like appearance?
    We in America were under the impression that meteors traveled in a downward fashion coming from outer space towards the surface of the planet. Not coming from the surface and going upwards.
    What do they do in your neck of the woods?
  15. 10 Nov '10 13:11
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    We in America were under the impression that meteors traveled in a downward fashion coming from outer space towards the surface of the planet. Not coming from the surface and going upwards.
    What do they do in your neck of the woods?
    You assume, of course, that the meteor is not coming from the ocean floor. Duh!!