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Russia conducts anti-satellite weapons test

Posted on Friday, 24 July, 2020 | Comment icon 7 comments

Are we on the verge of a space weapons race ? Image Credit: US Air Force
Both the US and UK have expressed concern about an apparent test launch of a Russian space-based weapon.
According to reports, on July 15th Russia "injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543" - or in other words, a satellite that had been in orbit since 2019 test-fired an anti-satellite weapon system.

It is the latest escalation from Russia which back in February had been accused of using two of its own satellites to conduct the "unusual and disturbing" inspection of a US satellite at close range.

"The Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia maneuvered near a US government satellite," said Gen. John W. 'Jay' Raymond, US Space Force Chief of Space Operations.

"This is further evidence of Russia's continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin's published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and allied space assets at risk."
The State Department has described the events as "hypocritical and concerning".

"This event highlights Russia's hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control, with which Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counterspace program - both ground-based anti-satellite capabilities and what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry," said Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford.

Just how far along Russia's space weapons program actually is however remains unclear.

Source: UPI.com | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by South Alabam on 23 July, 2020, 18:17
This sounds like a job for the United States Space Force.
Comment icon #2 Posted by The Wistman on 23 July, 2020, 18:24
How dare they do that. It's a long game and the Russians have just taken it up a notch by launching the weapon from a satellite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-satellite_weapon
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney on 23 July, 2020, 18:59
  Like the U.S. is doing?  Fixed it .......and according to M.I. sources in the Puzzle Palace it will be fully funded with car washes, paper routes and cookie sales.  Seriously, nobody has a clue what the USAF X-37 thingy is really up to. Then there was a lot of secret shuttle missions. They could have a anti-satellite weapon up there already. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 23 July, 2020, 19:03
The UK has developed its own secret weapon for deterring foreign satellites, as the aggressor satellite approaches very loud bagpipe music will be played over the intercom.    
Comment icon #5 Posted by and then on 23 July, 2020, 19:04
Sounds like we're late to the game.  We have a habit of finishing well  
Comment icon #6 Posted by and then on 23 July, 2020, 19:09
I'd be really surprised if we didn't have a little something in place.  Any major war between advanced nations would basically have to begin with blinding them at first.  Someone like Musk or Branson should concentrate on a system to clean up the random debris or soon, the environment itself will be an "anti-satellite" risk.
Comment icon #7 Posted by South Alabam on 24 July, 2020, 21:13
Reagan did call for a a Strategic Defense Initiative or Star Wars back in the early 80's. There is little doubt the U.S has either been working on, or already has some kind of weapon or satellite killer in orbit, IMO.

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