Russia confirms the destruction of a Soviet satellite in orbit

(ORDO NEWS) — At the same time, the presence of anti-satellite weapons in the Russian army was not confirmed.

Russia did destroy the satellite in orbit. But she didn’t break anything.

On Monday, November 15, the International Space Station (ISS) mission control team received a warning about the potential destruction of the satellite, which could result in numerous debris.

To protect the ISS crew in case of potential danger, the cosmonauts and astronauts were forced to take refuge in the Soyuz and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the US Air Force Space Command accused Russia of destroying the satellite and were partly right.

“On November 15 of this year, the Russian Defense Ministry successfully conducted a test, as a result of which the inoperative Russian Tselina-D spacecraft, which had been in orbit since 1982, was struck. The United States knows for certain that the resulting fragments, in terms of test time and orbital parameters, did not and will not pose a threat to orbital stations, spacecraft and space activities.

Previously, similar tests in outer space have already been carried out by the United States, China and India, “Interfax quotes a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

“We’ve really experienced a successful forward-looking system. It struck the old satellite with jewelry. The fragments formed do not pose any threat to space activities, ”explained Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The situation was also commented on by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noting that the destruction of the satellite was not directed against anyone and was done in accordance with applicable rules and laws.

“This event was carried out in strict accordance with international law, including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, and was not directed against anyone. Taking into account the time of the test and the parameters of the orbit, the fragments formed during it did not pose a threat and do not create interference or difficulties for the functioning of orbital stations, spacecraft and space activities.

These fragments have been included in the main catalog of the domestic space control system and immediately taken for appropriate support until they cease to exist, ”said Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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