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Satellites Killer Launch
November 23, 2014 17:29


The functions of the “satellites killer” were explained in Russia.

The fuss made in the Western media concerning the appearance of the new Russian “satellites killer” on the orbit was politically motivated, as the Russian expert in the field of space technology said in an interview to “Interfax”. The expert refuted the opinion that the object 2014-28E which attracted the attention of the media was an example of space weapon.

“First, “Cosmos-2499”, as it was later called in the Russian notice sent to the United Nations, can only be a mini-satellite with a mass up to 50 kilograms – taking into account the weight of the payload which can be brought by “Rokot” to the near-circular orbit at an altitude of about 1.5 thousand kilometers, and the mass of the three big “Rodnik” satellites. Secondly, if it used traditional engines, given the limited supplies of fuel, it could make only a very small number of maneuvers ... It is hard to escape a conclusion the machine tests something new, most likely - a kind of miniature engine” - the expert noted.

The expert pointed at the informational message that appeared on the website of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology: it said that the units of correction based on plasma thrusters of Hall-type of new generation that have been developed in the “Research Centre named after M.V. Keldysh” successfully began operating on orbit. Perhaps it has something to do with the object 2014-28E, the expert suggested.

On November 17 The Financial Times reported that after the launch of military communications satellites “Rodnik” from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in May the space object 2014-28E also entered the orbit. First, the US considered it a fragment of space debris. However, when it began to actively maneuver in November, changing the parameters of the orbit, the Western experts decided that this was an experimental object that could perform military functions.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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