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Alacran  [Team Member]
3/4/2009 3:49:22 PM
Russian general says U.S. may have planned satellite collision
13:01 | 03/ 03/ 2009

MOSCOW, March 3 (RIA Novosti) - A collision between U.S. and Russian satellites in early February may have been a test of new U.S. technology to intercept and destroy satellites rather than an accident, a Russian military expert has said.

According to official reports, one of 66 satellites owned by Iridium, a U.S. telecoms company, and the Russian Cosmos-2251 satellite, launched in 1993 and believed to be defunct, collided on February 10 about 800 kilometers (500 miles) above Siberia.

However, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Leonid Shershnev, a former head of Russia's military space intelligence, said in an interview published by the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper on Tuesday that the U.S. satellite involved in the collision was used by the U.S. military as part of the "dual-purpose" Orbital Express research project, which began in 2007.

Orbital Express was a space mission managed by the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a team led by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).

According to the DARPA, the program was "to validate the technical feasibility of robotic, autonomous on-orbit refueling and reconfiguration of satellites to support a broad range of future U.S. national security and commercial space programs."

Orbital Express was launched in March 2007 as part of the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program's STP-1 mission. It tested a prototype servicing satellite (ASTRO) and a surrogate next generation serviceable satellite (NextSat). The demonstration program met all the mission success criteria and was officially completed in July 2007.

Shershnev claims the U.S. military decided to continue with the project to "develop technology that would allow monitoring and inspections of orbital spacecraft by fully-automated satellites equipped with robotic devices."

The February collision could be an indication that the U.S. has successfully developed such technology and is capable of manipulating 'hostile satellites,' including their destruction, with a single command from a ground control center, the general said.


http://en.rian.ru/russia/20090303/120392490.html
M4-Stag  [Team Member]
3/4/2009 7:11:18 PM
I think he has watched too many James Bond movies.
marksman121  [Team Member]
3/5/2009 2:36:17 AM
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
I think he has watched too many James Bond movies.


The Rusians are always playing up that the US is out to get Russia. With how bad of shape that place is in the need one think to keep the public's emotions on. The only place that BS gets any real play is on .ru sites.
Masha  [Team Member]
3/5/2009 7:09:11 AM
capnrob97  [Team Member]
3/5/2009 5:40:58 PM
The Cold War is re-emerging, I see.

Russia seems to love a good Cold War with us.
MikeS369  [Life Member]
3/8/2009 9:25:05 PM
He needs to put his worrying aside. obama will kill the program.
wise_jake  [Team Member]
3/11/2009 2:41:39 PM


The other two [main] options, as I see it:
  1. He's right; we do have such a program, and that's pretty much exactly what happened.

  2. Russia did it, and this is deflection/disinfo.

I know this isn't a really good litmus test of anything, but when I first heard about the satellite 'accident', my first thought was that, somehow, "the Russians did it."
Cognomen  [Team Member]
3/11/2009 3:27:12 PM

Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
I think he has watched too many James Bond movies.


The Rusians are always playing up that the US is out to get Russia. With how bad of shape that place is in the need one think to keep the public's emotions on. The only place that BS gets any real play is on .ru sites.

Indeed. In fact, this economic crisis is being largely reported in Russia as an intentional ploy by the U.S. to lower oil prices and retain hegemonic economic control.
wise_jake  [Team Member]
3/11/2009 4:24:05 PM

Originally Posted By Cognomen:
Originally Posted By marksman121:
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
I think he has watched too many James Bond movies.
The Rusians are always playing up that the US is out to get Russia. With how bad of shape that place is in the need one think to keep the public's emotions on. The only place that BS gets any real play is on .ru sites.
Indeed. In fact, this economic crisis is being largely reported in Russia as an intentional ploy by the U.S. to lower oil prices and retain hegemonic economic control.
I'm sure there's a lot of truth to that. What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.
Masha  [Team Member]
3/11/2009 5:04:56 PM