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Russian missile experiments expose low-orbiting satellite weakness

On December 15, Russia tested the American ballistic missile. The United States Space Command criticized satellites in orbit as a threat. Lt. General Nina Armagno, the head of the Office of the chief of space operations of the United States, said, “The country must do something about that.” Armagno noted in the latest Russian weapons test at the Washington Space Company Roundtable that he demonstrated how fragile satellites were. He validated a vote in favor of a military space service directed at United States space systems’ safety. “Our objective is to secure America’s space interests as well as deter aggression,” Armagno stated.

Russia has alert the airmen that it will fire a ballistic missile meant to have been a Nudol, but it can also be used as a defense interceptor system in orbits of 100 miles or even 1,200 miles above the surface of the earth. Most of those satellites in the low-earth orbit are spacecraft used to track, recognize and coordinate intelligence as well as government spacecraft. “Russia’s continuous testing of such systems show threats to the United States, as well as space alliances, are fast-moving forward,” United States commander Gen. James Dickinson declared on December 16. “We shall continue and be dedicated to deterring aggression and also to prevent acts of aggression in our country and our allies.”

In Russia’s new review, no satellite was allegedly attacked.   Brian Weeden from the Secure World Foundation has stated the argument that this was an anti-satellite experiment based on the premise that Nudol could be used as an anti-satellite tool. “The actual goal in space is unlikely,” Weeden said of the new test. Waffen such as Nudol, which have been evaluated by Russia many times, are classified as anti-satellite “direct ascent” weapons. “If this firearm is being evaluated or used functionally on an actual satellite, it will make a massive field of waste that can threaten commercial satellites as well as irrevocably contaminate the space area,” says Dickinson.

Timothy Wright, a military researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, pointed out that weapons control agreements do not prevent the production of specifically developing anti-satellite technologies. The Russian intervention has been “just one in a disturbing model of continued irresponsible space activity,” said a state department spokesman. 

The spokesperson told SpaceNews in his statement, “Contrary on-orbit conduct as well as anti-satellite weapons testing thus demonstrates the urgent necessity of developing and applying standards for responsible conduct in outdoor space.” “The state department will continue to work closely with all reasonable spacefaring nations to establish these standards and also to face the United States, allied and collaborator interests’ dangers in the outside world.”

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