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    Missile launched off the California Coast, but no one knows who or why (plus it was caught on tape):

    (CBS) A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras Monday night, and officials are staying tight-lipped over the nature of the projectile.

    CBS station KFMB put in calls to the Navy and Air Force Monday night about the striking launch off the coast of Los Angeles, which was easily visible from the coast, but the military has said nothing about the launch.


    Just something I thought some of you might want to read. Apparently the Pentagon and the Navy are saying it wasn't them. I say SPECTRE or Quantum.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    COBRAAAAA! And now you know.
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    Iron Man fell off the wagon again and started launching "fireworks" from his beachhouse.
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    Probably just John Carmack testing another rocket.
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    COBRAAAAA! And now you know.


    And knowing is half the - oh man it's just

    it's too obvious :\

    that said, so it's definitely a missile and not either atmospheric phenomena, a contrail, a smaller rocket (maybe a hobbyist's rocket, maybe caltech shenanigans), and so on?

    Possibly it was a misfire and the reason they're being so tight-lipped is because they hate admitting it when they screw up.

    thank god it's no longer the cold war though; that's just asking for a doomsday scenario.
    • CommentAuthorJoe B
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Maybe someone got the money together to become a real old school James Bond villain.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Hex beat me to it.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Hank Scorpio will return!!!
    • CommentAuthorjustDylan
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Why is this a mystery? I'm surprised California journalists haven't heard of Sealaunch. When I worked in Long Beach, I saw Sea Launch rockets launching every month or two.
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      CommentAuthorArtenshiur
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Do you have any reason to believe that was Sealaunch other than the fact that you know that Sealaunch launches rockets? Because they don't list any launches on their site since April 2009, and they seem to be pretty open about their launches.

    Also, the military would definitely have pointed that out, as everybody is suspecting them of making a political show.
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    If this had happened in London yesterday, I definitely would have blamed Ellis.

    Part of me thought it might be some weird viral thing for Skyline or Battle: L.A. Because what's a little nuclear war when you are promoting a movie?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    I have an alibi.
    Ready for Cert Attempt
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    Cobra Commander from his Twitter account:

    Sorry about the launched missile. That's the last time I have sex on my desk.
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      CommentAuthorDovryn
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    @Cobra Commander Completely understandable.


    In that video the guy at the end speculates that it might be a demonstration. Yeah, maybe... But that idea doesn't sit right with me. Do we need to freak people out? Demonstrate what? Ass whoopin power? Because uh... Last I checked Asia was not exactly helpless. What would it accomplish? An alliance?

    Then another expert suggested [seriously] that someone might have hit 'the wrong button'. Now that is over simplifying.

    /me sits down his coffee cup in the wrong spot. ::BAH-WOOOooosH:::~
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      CommentAuthorCOMTE
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    JustDylan:

    SeaLaunch was my first thought as well. But, when I checked their web site, it appears they haven't sent up anything since last April, and their launch schedule is currently suspended until late next year. In addition, they generally launch from much closer to the equator in order to take advantage of the earth's rotational "boost"; this launch appears to have been only a few tens of miles off the CA coast.

    My guess is it was a U.S. sub-based launch, but DoD is in deniability-mode, either because there was some major F-up, or more likely because they're testing something, and needed to do it in the vicinity of Vandenberg AFB, which is just north of Los Angeles. The missile track, so far as I can tell from the video footage at least, seems to run south-to-north following the coastline, so Vandenberg would have been in an excellent position to observe it.
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    It's also possible (however unlikely) that it MIGHT have been an ICBM that was fired in support of some kind of operation. Hitting something in orbit, or even a major ground target in Pakistan or Afghanistan isn't entirely out of the question.
    • CommentAuthorJECole
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    Shit. I knew I shouldn't have drunk two bottle of tequila. Fuck!
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    Current story is it was a jet contrail and it looks like a missile launch because of the altitude and angle of the helicopter.

    Not sure I am buying that one.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    DoD is in deniability-mode

    Isn't it always?
    • CommentAuthoraudientvoid
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2010 edited
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    http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-los-angeles/missile-launch-over-southern-california-explained

    that link also has another link to the track of the airliner. Just a plane coming in from Hawaii.