Re: GPS BASICS: WAS:Re: BASICS: Property Rights

Spike Jones (
Sat, 12 Dec 1998 12:16:10 -0800

Eugene Leitl wrote:

> Michael Lorrey writes:
> > > Actually, what's the point in sending a Tomahawk from an off-shore
> > > Destroyer or human-piloted fighter/bomber, when you can send
> > > something up in a parabolic trajectory that uses GPS to steer while
> > > decending upon its target?
> I'm not sure, but don't you get EM shielding during atmospheric
> reentry due to the plasma screen?
> > Because:
> >
> > a) objects in ballistic trajectories tend to trip major alarms in the HQ's of the
> > Strategic Nuclear command centers...

yes, however, the major alarms would be irrelevant, for they would sound only minutes before the reentry body finds its target. it would be quite unclear with such a system who fired the shot, since it can be arranged, with current technology, to be fired from a submerged submarine, whose location was unknown before the launch. spike