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US spy satellite declared loss, to drop from orbit
uusjio | August 9, 2007 at 09:21 pmby
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deemed an experimental U.S. spy satellite a total loss and will allow
it to slowly drop from orbit and burn up in the atmosphere, two defense
officials told Reuters this week.
The classified L-21, built by Lockheed Martin Corp at a cost of
hundreds of millions of dollars, was launched on Dec. 14 but has been
out of touch since reaching its low-earth orbit, put by satellite
watchers at about 220 miles (350 km) above the earth.
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