A molniya-m booster rocket on a launching pad of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, shortly before her firing, Arkhangelsk region, Russia, April 2, 2003.,
It is small. It is nimble. It does strange things above our heads. And the new Russian Cosmos 2521 satellite has the potential to be the world’s economy to its knees.
“We don’t know for sure what it is and there is no way to verify it,” the U.S. Department of assistant secretary-Yleem Poblete told a conference this week. “But the Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development — in particular, as considered in consultation with the statements of the Russian Space Force Commander.”
She said that her maneuvers indicated it would be an anti-satellite weapon.
And this has far-reaching consequences: a Vital services such as internet, television, telephone and GPS are all dependent on satellites. A strip of other services — such as weather forecasts and fire-fighting.
“In October of last year, the Russian Ministry of Defence deployed a space object, they claimed it was a” space aircraft inspector.’ But his behavior on the job was in conflict with something seen on-orbit inspection of space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities,” Poblete told a conference on disarmament in Switzerland.
Moscow immediately dismissed her comments.
The State Department’s fears was “the same unfounded, slanderous accusations based on presumptions, assumptions and so on,” Russian diplomat Alexander Deynko told Reuters.
But Russia’s Space force Commander has already stated in public is the development of “new prototypes” of the space weapons.
Is this one of them?
Whatever the case, the Pentagon is clearly upset.
“Although we have the space, systems have in the past maintained a technological advantage over potential adversaries, potential adversaries are now active in the development way to deny that our use of the space in a crisis”, a U.S. Department of Defense report released earlier this month reads.
While Poblete did not specify which Russian satellite they are on, military analysts are of the opinion that one of a set launched on June 23. A month later, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced it had launched “a small spacecraft is separated from a space platform to inspect the condition of the Russian satellite.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Cosmos 2521 faith, was deployed from another satellite, Cosmos 2519. There is another satellite, Cosmos 2523.
Exactly what this Russian satellites to do that is “very troubling” is unknown.
But Moscow has reportedly been investing heavily in the obtaining of the possibility of a satellite moving in an orbit, and the interaction with other satellites. This could give it the ability to attach spy devices to an opponent’s satellite, push it out of alignment, distorting the signals, to damage, destroy, or even possible to capture.
Destroying a satellite, but poses enormous risks for all space flight activities. Fragments of cannon above the atmosphere of the Earth for centuries, striking other satellites, and adding their wreckage to the deadly debris fields.
For this reason, the world of the armies, in search of ‘non-kinetic” methods to satellites of the service.
This may relate to the use of lasers or microwave guns to fry sensitive electronics, or jam its signals. And the testing of such technology would be difficult to distinguish from simple mechanical clearing of the ground.
Russia is more than just space-based satellite warfare. Also has used, for the first time, on the ground laser batteries aimed at taking it down from prying eyes above.
“The Russian Ministry of Defence has recently announced that the Space Troops have received a mobile laser system that Vladimir Putin announced to the world on 1 March of this year. Russia the leader himself where space weapons “more acceptable in the political and military respect”,” Poblete said.
This refers to the Peresvet system, President Vladimir Putin referred to when he announced six new ‘super-weapon’ to the world earlier this year. The laser mobile, networking, generators, sensors, and command-and-control-systems full on the back of trucks.
The Russian military conducts exercises in this file photo.
The laser is claimed that the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles in their eccentric phase, as well as satellites.
Russian space agency Roscosmos is also an attempt to ‘weaponise’ a telescope. He wants “an optical detection system that includes a solid-state laser and a transmit/receive adaptive optical system.”
It sets up the laser cannon would be able to find and identify the space junk for slagging.
It argues that there are already 22,000 people dead satellites and large pieces of debris being tracked in orbit. In total, estimates the amount of objects floating around up there at 170 million units.
Chinese researchers are also exploring the use of lasers in the space, with the possibility of a space-based system investigated earlier this year.
This article originally appeared on news.au.com.