I have just registered on this great forum and interested to speak to knowledgeable members about some of my Chinese rocket parts from the world's first satellite in space knock down.
Salvaged under International Maritime Laws in The Sea Of Okhotsk May 2011. On recovery all of the pieces were offered back to the Chinese government numerous times and our generous offers were declined. The history of the 2007 event certainly attracted world press and media coverage for some time. Regretfully the press and media neglected to inform the public in detail about the how and why of this remarkable event.
I reside in Japan and watched and listened with great interest when in 2005 NHK TV reported on a Chinese spy satellite in very low orbit above Japan. Almost every day the satellite was in the papers or on tv with the Japanese outraged and the Americans non too impressed with the flagrant spying directly above U.S military installations. Finally things came to a head towards the end of 2006 with the press reporting the satellite was days from falling back to Earth... likely onto Japan... the press and media were on a roll and within 24 hours the satellite was reported as being the size of a bus and could land on Tokyo.
The Chinese had reported the satellite as being a weather satellite which are generally 3,000 -5,000 klm in higher orbit. The Japanese were getting panicky as were the Chinese by now with a serious problem on their hands if the satellite fell onto Japan and the spy theory proved a diplomatic outcry would have caused great strains. In 2007 the only quick solution for the Chinese was to hastily totally disarm a HN3 missile and systems capable of intercontinental space flight. Once reverted back to being a rocket capable of pinpoint accuracy using only kinetic energy due to the fact the satellite was directly above Japan and explosives would be unacceptable, knock down the satellite via 'kinetic energy'.
I am interested in some of your members knowledgeable opinions on the value of some of the serial plate numbers removed from the rocket fuselage. In particular the 555-5 82gram space flown serial Plate. Interesting aspects of the mission are rocket speed 76,000 klm per hour; rocket weight 19 ton; Satellite speed 24,000 klm per hour estimated weight 450 kg. Impact about 100,000 klm per hour.
No dangerous radiation detected on any of the parts or stealth chemicals, etc. before anyone wigs out. We got more radiation readings from a pineapple in the fruit bowl than the rocket parts. Interestingly the pineapple was from Mexico, the label read.
One of the identifying parts of the rocket stamped HN3 was independently valued by Beijing Auctions at $800,000 ~ $1,300,000 in March 2013. The collection was filmed by Chinese tv June 26th.