FAST FIVE: Alleged Russian Satellite Weapon Test Has Put US Space Force On 'High Alert'
Alleged Russian Satellite Weapon Test Has Put US Space Force On 'High Alert' Tyler Durden Sat, 08/01/2020 – 13:30 FT is out with this alarming and intriguing headline: “Russia satellite weapon test reignites space arms race fears,” and meanwhile FOX writes that the latest 'mysterious' Russian test of an anti-satellite weapon in orbit has put the newly established US Space Force on “high alert”. It was the US Space Command that first made the public charge last week of a new experimental Russian weapon in orbit: “On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543,” the US Space Force said in a statement.
The test may be part of a Russian program to develop a space-based anti-satellite weapon that could one day be launched from aircraft, the Secure World Foundation's Brian Weeden tells me.
This comes at a moment China is also said to be pursuing such offensive capabilities in space, and amid broader fears over turning space into a “war-fighting domain”.
“Cosmos 2543, fired a projectile into outer space.
the first time the US military has publicly alleged an instance of a space-based antisatellite weapons test” https://t.co/B6lKognshj – Air Traffic Control Association: ATCA (@ATCA_now) July 27, 2020 Current talks between US and Russia diplomats over the fate of New START in Vienna are said to also be focused on preventing the weaponization of space. Interestingly, both sides have charged the other with maneuvering to try to gain military advantage in space, a criticism that particularly came out of Beijing and Moscow when Trump inaugurated his controversial Space Force last year.