It's alive, I tell you ! It's alive !
And now it has guns !!
A satellite launcher deployed on the International Space Station has surprised astronauts by firing off its payload without human intervention. The CubeSat Deployer, manufactured by Texas firm NanoRacks, is designed to emit its miniature satellites on a strict schedule – but the spacemen noticed that the cannon appeared to be …
"The two satellites in question are from San Francisco startup Planet Labs, which is planning to ring the planet with the tiny units. The satellites, which the firm calls Doves"
Well, they looked like Planet Labs' Doves when they were loaded up, and it looked like the satellite launcher released its payload on its own, but can we be certain that a chap by the name of Hugo wasn't controlling the mechanism remotely, and didn't make a switch at some point, with the payload now containing a toxin (probably sourced from a rare orchid) designed to be released into the upper atmosphere?
"with the payload now containing a toxin (probably sourced from a rare orchid) designed to be released into the upper atmosphere?"
That's us stuffed then, with no more space shuttles for a certain Mr. Bond to shoot them down with.
And, what's worse, no chance for a certain secret service boffin to come out with the timeless classic "I think he's attempting re-entry Sir..."
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