Russia just test satellite destroyed Tech in space, the US Space Command claims
The Department of Defense believes that Russia may have tested out a new technology in place that can be used to destroy other satellites already in orbit. This particular test did not destroy anything, but the military authorities are concerned, it can be used to target US satellites in the future.
July 15th, a Russian satellite called Kosmos 2543 released an unknown object in orbit, according to the US Space Command, which is responsible for tracking all the objects currently in orbit. Satellite continues this mysterious object near a Russian satellite, although no pieces come into contact with each other. At the time of the test, the Russian Defense Ministry admitted that Kosmos 2543 was going to Come close to a target satellite to do an inspectionBut the satellite trackers took notice of a new object appearing around the time of the “inspection” took place.
Kosmos 2543 is supposed to be an inspector satellite, according to Russia, then come near a Russian satellite not strange behavior. In fact, their close proximity to “inspection” has become a constant trend for the Russian satellites over the past decade. “It’s mostly satellites come close to other Russian satellites or other Russian rocket body slowly — a slow approach during several days,” Brian Weeden, director of program planning for the Secure World Foundation, tells Along the way. “And then they might be back, and then he will come close and then he will hang out is near. This kind of thing we have been looking at.”
But Kosmos 2543 investigation went out of the inspection only Russian satellites. Kosmos 2543 was deployed by a Russian satellite called Kosmos 2542 in December 2019. In January, the satellite trackers have noticed that the two satellites seemed to be in pursuit of a US spy satellite is called the United States 245. US Space Command took notice of this strange behavior and the authorities were not happy. “We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing,” General John “Jay” Raymond, commander of U.S. Space Command and chief of space operations for the US Space Force, told Time In February. “It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in place.”
Now Raymond is condemned projectile that Kosmos 2543 continued, calling it proof of a weapon system. “The Russian satellite system is used to manage the On-Orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia maneuvered close to a U.S. government satellite,” he said in a statement. “This is further evidence of Russia’s continued efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ the weapons that hold us and allied space assets at risk.”
It is not unusual for very big satellites to release small satellites into orbit. Small, standardized satellites are often deployed from the International Space Station, while the US Air Force’s mysterious X-37B spaceplane speculation continued small satellites during its fifth Tour of the place between 2017 and 2019.
What makes the Russian test is unique in that whatever Kosmos 2543 continued in orbit, the object was rapidly moving — At least faster than her parents satellite. That signal that the projectile can be more insidious than just an inspector satellite. The US Space Command noted that the Kosmos 2543 incident is similar to another incident that occurred in 2017, when a Russian satellite called Kosmos 2521 deployed a sub-satellite at high speeds. Raymond is said to have them for satellite deployment as akin to “Russian nesting doll” technology.
Of course, we can’t fully confirm that the Kosmos 2543 just tested out an anti-satellite weapon, but the evidence seems to point to that conclusion. “We do not have conclusive evidence, but I think it is,” says Weeden. “It stands out as different from all other rendezvous and proximity operations that have been going on,” Weeden notes.
This past year, the US Space Command has been increasingly decrying Russia’s actions in space. In April, the US Space Command confirmed that Russia had conducted another test of its ground-based missile system, designed to take out satellites in space called Nudol. Raymond quickly condemned the test. Now with this most recent test in space, the US Space Command is warning about the growing risk of Russia’s space capabilities. And Raymond has hinted that we will respond to this type of aggressive behavior. “In the United States, in coordination with our allies is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the nation, our allies and vital American interests from hostile acts in space,” Raymond said in a statement.
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