What are the implications of the Russian missile test?
Russian Anti-Satellite Missile Test. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed today that they had in fact tested their new anti-satellite missile. Russia’s Ministry of Defense released a statement saying that it had “successfully conducted a test”. The test was aimed at a defunct Russian satellite. Furthermore, this satellite has been orbitting earth since 1982. So Russia felt it was responsible to remove it from orbit as well.
Of course the UK, America & almost all of NATO condemned the test. As a result of believing it posed a safety risk to astronauts currently in orbit in the ISS or International Space Station.
Did it pose a threat?
Could broken fragments from the satellite have damaged the ISS? The Russian Ministry of Defense felt there was no safety threat.
Saying: “The U.S. 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.”
However, the Russians have a violent history of space tests. In fact, one of their first missions is famous for having sent a legendary astronaut to his death in a machine he did not want to fly in. In addition, another legendary astronaut, the first man in space, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin urged his bosses not to let the machine proceed. Both Cosmonauts had complained about over 100+ issues with proper functioning of the space craft, yet were overruled.
Putin is essentially the director of his space and military programs.
In conclusion, Putin is the deciding force into whether or not Russian tests are “safe”. As a result, almost no Russian military tests are safe. Lastly, the hypersonic missile debacle of a few years back took the lives of Russia’s two leading missile scientists. So the Russian safety track record is awful.
Russian Anti-Satellite Missile Test