Media: The West suspects that Russia launched into space the “SATELLITE DESTROYER”

20/11/2014 ITAR-TASS

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.

Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

Rokot launch vehicle with 3 military satellites set off from Plesetsk spaceport

MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rokot launch vehicle with a batch of military satellites has been set off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Defense Forces Colonel Valery Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

“On Friday, May 23, 2014, an operational crew of the Aerospace Defense Forces at 09:27 Moscow time (05:27) carried out a successful launch of the Rokot light rocket carrier with a batch of military satellites from launch pad No.133,” Zolotukhin said.

He added that the Rokot launch had been carried out “under the general supervision of Commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko.”

The calculated time of the three satellites’ placement into the final transfer orbit is 11:12 Moscow time (07:12 GMT) on May 23.

3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit

3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit

MOSCOW, December 25 (RIA Novosti) – Three military satellites launched from Russia early Wednesday morning have reached their target orbit, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The three Kosmos-series satellites, designated Kosmos-2488, Kosmos-2489 and Kosmos-2490, reached orbit at about 6:16 a.m. Moscow time (02:31 GMT) after lifting off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, Col. Dmitry Zenin said.

The Russian Rokot carrier rocket carrying the trio lifted off on time from at 4:31 a.m. Moscow time (00:31 GMT), Zenin said. It was the fourth launch from Plesetsk this year of Rokot, a system based on the RS-18 ballistic missile.

Zenin did not specify what role the satellites would perform

Russia Orbits 3 Telecom Satellites – Defense Ministry

Russia Orbits 3 Telecom Satellites - Defense Ministry

PLESETSK, September 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has orbited three communications satellites, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

“The Rokot carrier rocket, launched today at 03:23 a.m. Moscow Time [23:23 GMT Wednesday] from the Plesetsk state space launch site, successfully put three Gonets-M communications satellites into the final orbit in due time,” Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

The launch followed a nine-month suspension due to attempts to fix a glitch in the rocket’s booster, Zolotukhin said Wednesday.

All launches of Rokots were suspended in January after the rocket’s Briz-KM booster failed to deliver three military satellites into their designated orbits, resulting in the loss of one of the satellites.

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The light payload Rokot launch vehicle

The light-class Rokot launch vehicle is a modified version of the Russian RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinental ballistic missile. It uses the two original lower stages of the ICBM, in conjunction with an upper-stage block containing the Briz-KM booster and space-bound payloads.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, prior to the current launch, a total of 16 Rokot launches were carried out from the Plesetsk site since the first launch on May 16, 2000.

The Gonets-M satellites will be part of Russia’s low-orbit grouping of telecoms satellites designed to provide communications services for remote areas of Russia.

Before today’s blastoff, the grouping consisted of three Gonets-M and two Gonets-D1 satellites