A Russian scientist has proposed using old Soviet-era weaponry to defend against an asteroid impact.
SS-18 Satan heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles and other similar armaments could prove invaluable in defending against an incoming asteroid, at least that is according to senior researcher Sabit Saitgarayev at the State Rocket Design Center in Chelyabinsk. If adequately prepared, he claims, the old Soviet-era missiles could destroy small asteroids that are within six hours of a collision with the Earth.
"Carrier rockets created on the basis of intercontinental ballistic missiles like Voyevoda, which use standard liquid fuel based on hydrazine, are well-suited for fighting suddenly discovered small [space] objects," he said. "They can stay in the condition of their readiness for launch for ten and more years, after some reequipping."
"Russia can use Soviet-era SS-18 Satan heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles to destroy celestial bodies posing a threat to Earth, a Russian scientist said on Sunday, four months after a powerful meteor struck Russia’s Urals region."
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