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Russian anti-satellite missile test debris

Old 17th Nov 2021, 08:09
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The Russians have now admitted they did launch an anti-missile at one of their old satellites, but the debris will cause no problems. Yeah, right.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-59169899

For those that want to know a little more about the issues this caused, Scott Manly, someone well-qualified to offer an opinion, had this to say:

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Old 17th Nov 2021, 10:43
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Originally Posted by sfm818 View Post
It would be naive to believe the United States has not engaged in unauthorized rendezvous proximity operations - the difference with China and Russia however is they have both demonstrated in recent times a capacity to abandon basic principles, cross a line, and test the use of kinetic weapons to destroy targets in orbit.
Just for clarity the US has openly admitted it has engaged “rendezvous proximity operations”….most notable being the use of an ASM 135 to destroy satellite P78-1 in 1985…creating a space debris problem in pre-ISS days.

I would agree that doesn’t qualify as recent times, that space debris in LEO is a serious issue and the Russian test was an aggressive move but OTOH I got slightly at the holier than thou attitude of some comments coming out of the US……..

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