US will no longer conduct destructive tests of anti-satellite missiles

(ORDO NEWS) — The Biden administration on Monday, April 18, vowed to no longer conduct destructive tests of anti-satellite missiles in space and wants other countries to follow suit.

US Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States will no longer test direct takeoff (ASAT) anti-satellite missiles that create orbital debris.

Recall that as a result of these tests, such a large cloud of debris was formed that the International Space Station had to change altitude.

The long-lived debris that was generated by these tests now threatens satellites and other space objects that are vital to the security of all countries…

In general, these tests threaten the long-term sustainability of outer space, the exploration and use of space by all countries, the email from the office of the vice president.

Harris has previously spoken out about the need to stop such tests. At a meeting of the US National Space Council (NSC) in December 2021, she noted that activity in space is growing, and measures must be taken to reduce the impact of space debris as much as possible.

Safety of space objects of national importance

In December, the Biden administration launched the US Space Priorities Framework, which outlines in part how the United States plans to pursue its national security interests in space.

“As part of strengthening space mission safeguards, the United States will use new commercial space capabilities and services to meet national security requirements and deepen the integration of US national security space capabilities and activities with the capabilities and activities of our allies and partners,” the document says.

The administration added that one of the ways would also be diplomatic. It talks about the interaction of countries within the framework of the Artemis Accords agreements.

This is a set of international agreements regarding the American manned lunar program Artemis, modeled on similar agreements created for the International Space Station.


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