You're a hard man to to satisfy Wayne. :lol:MeteorWayne":bk9yknow said:That's not proof; all it means is it could have been a missile. If the 10 minute report is correct, I still need an explanation for that. Even the shuttle is 1000 km downrange by 8:30, and it launches much slower than any military test.
Lets's see now, we have the editor of Jane's Missiles and Rockets who said it was a missile (and if he doesn't qualify as an expert I don't know who does.) A former US Deputy Defence Secretary said it's a missile. Umpteen other experts said it's a missile. We have an official military document on an official military site, warning mariners about missile tests in that area on that date and to stay clear. The news video (to me anyway) looks like a missile, behaves like a missile and sounds like a missile, so I would say - it's a missile.
To be honest, in retrospect I'm not really sure why such a hoo-hah has been made out of this, with people arguing about it and trying to pass it off as a contrail. What's so unusual about it? Isn't it to be expected that the military will test missiles from time to time?