Thursday morning is High Noon for the US Navy vs. the Satellite (sounds like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, that fine film from 1956). This article has lots of cool stuff about it including a Google Earth doodad and some incomprehensible military jargon:
A “CARF” (Central Altitude Reservation Function) designation indicates a NOTAM intended to keep commercial and private flights clear of military operations, and SFC-UNL means the height band of this warning zone reaches from the surface to “unlimited” altitude – in other words all the way into space.
Sounds like Pinky from Pinky and The Brain. CARF! I like this part too:
The firing area seems to have been chosen so as to minimise the chances of debris falling anywhere other than in the ocean or North America, which could lend credence to the idea that the intercept is primarily aimed at safeguarding the satellite’s technology.
That’s Your Government, “protecting” the planet from other people gaining our technology. You knew there had to be an ulterior motive, right?