Russian General: Collision satellites was U.S. space arms
Thursday, March 5, 2009
According to a Russian military expert was the collision between a U.S. and Russian satellite on February 10 no coincidence, but possibly a test of U.S. anti-satellite technology.
The official explanation was that one of the 66 satellites that are in possession of the U.S. telecommunications company Iridium, about 800 kilometers above Siberia came into conflict with an old, no longer in use Russian Cosmos-2251 satellite, which was launched in 1993.
Major-General Leonid Shershnev, former head of the Russian Military Space Agency, said in a interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper that the U.S. satellite that was involved in the collision, was used by the U.S. Army as part of the 'dual use' Orbital Express project, which began in 2007.
Orbital Express was a space mission of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), which was led by a team attached to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). According to DARPA, the program was designed to test the technical feasibility of automatically and autonomously reconfigure and recharging of satellites in orbit around the Earth is, so this technology could be used in both future commercial space programs, as under the national security of the U.S..
The Orbital Express was launched in March 2007 as part of the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program (STP-1). The mission, in which two satellites were tested, was completed in July 2007 and a success.
Shershnev now claims that the U.S. army have taken over the project, the technology to be fully automated satellites to other satellites to monitor and inspect further.
The collision in February would be an indication may be that America has succeeded in developing this technology, and now is able to use a command enemy satellites to manipulate and destroy.
Source: Ria Novosti
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