The US State Department said Russia had conducted a missile test against one of its satellites. According to him, the explosion created fragments that, among other things, threaten the International Space Station (ISS). The test was also criticized by Britain, the Russian authorities have not yet commented on the matter.
“Russia’s dangerous and irresponsible behavior threatens the long-term sustainability (…) of space and makes it clear that Russia’s allegations that it opposes the militarization of space are dishonest and hypocritical,” said Ministry spokesman Ned Price, according to Reuters. created another 1,500 “traceable space debris”.
According to American diplomacy, the fragments increase the danger for astronauts on the ISS and other activities in space, the TASS agency said. In accordance with standard procedures, the ISS crew was relocated to the Soyuz and Crew Dragon spacecraft due to the threat of a waste collision. The ISS is currently home to four Americans, one German and two Russians.
The risk is very small
While Roskosmos said, referring to data from the US Air Traffic Control Center, that the ISS would “enter a corridor of possible convergence with a space debris object,” the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also noted that the risk of collision was “very low.”
According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the Russian test showed, among other things, that rules need to be introduced in space.
Britain also condemned the Russian test. “This devastating Russian satellite missile test shows a complete lack of interest in the security and sustainability of space,” said British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace in a post published on Twitter by the Ministry of Defense.
The United States conducted the first test of a missile aimed at a satellite in 1959. Moscow did its last so far in April, when Russian officials spoke of space as an increasingly important area for warfare.
The US military is dependent on its satellites from year to year, Reuters recalls. As a result, they determine what soldiers can do on the ground – from guiding ammunition, to guarding enemy missile launches, to monitor the movement of troops.
Experts are monitoring approximately 20,000 pieces of space debris, including old and non-functional satellites. Last week, a fragment from an old Chinese satellite, which was the subject of a rocket attack in 2007, got uncomfortably close to the ISS. Although it later turned out to be no threat, NASA still had the space station relocated.
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