An object that experts firstly recognize as space garbage, makes the movements relatively of Russian spacecrafts
LONDON, November 18. / Corr. TASS Alan BUD /. Western space agencies are monitoring the object launched into orbit by Russian rocket, suspecting that it is a ” satellite destroyer.”
The newspaper Financial Times informs about it..
“Western space agencies are monitoring the mysterious object launched by the Russian military, which inspires fear of the revival of a discontinued program of Kremlin to destroy satellites,” – the newspaper writes. According to it, North American Aerospace Defense Command – Joint structure of USA and Canada – assign to objects 2014-28E their own digital name – 39765.
“Whatever was the subject, it looks like something experimental – evaluation of object 2014-28E by expert in space security of the British Royal Institute of International Affairs, Patricia Lewis. – It may have several functions, both civilian and military. Perhaps he equipped with a manipulator for gripping objects or weapons of kinetic action. and maybe we are talking about cyber attacks from one satellite to another, or against jamming signals, “- said the expert.
The newspaper reminds that in 2007, China launched a missile which successfully destroyed the Chinese satellite, in 2008, the same test USA conducted. “Russia in the past has been one of the main proponents of an international treaty on the prevention of the deployment of weapons in space, but its efforts have not yielded results,” – the British newspaper sais.
The newspaper cites the opinion of an unnamed Russian military expert, that “with the rapid progress of other countries and the recent deterioration of relations between Moscow and the West, the revival of the program (” The satellites destroyer “) might make sense.”
May 23 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome it was launched a carrier rocket “Rokot” with three military satellites. All three devices were successfully inserted into the target orbit. The names of the satellites and their characteristics were not reported.
“Incident” with the Russian military satellite over the US
May 6 it was learned about the launch from Plesetsk of the rocket “Soyuz-2.1a” with military satellite. Spacecraft that gets the sequence number “Kosmos-2495”, was successfully launched into orbit.
In mid-September, a strategic command of the armed forces of the United States stated that the satellite exploded over the territory of America. The troops Aerospace Defense (ASD) have refuted this statement, calling the Washington “another attempt to find out the whereabouts of the lost Russian space object.”
The representative of Russian troops of VKO (ESD) Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin stressed that the main center of control of space situation leads global monitoring not only of Russian satellites, but all space objects of artificial origin, including foreign, at altitudes from 120 to 40 thousand Km, with constant refinement information about them. “And not” high confidence “as a strategic command of the armed forces of the United States, but in fact and in real time” – said the military.