Archive for Sunday, February 17, 2008

Russia: Satellite may be ruse to test missiles

February 17, 2008


— Russia said Saturday that U.S. military plans to shoot down a damaged spy satellite may be a veiled test of America's missile defense system.

The Pentagon failed to provide "enough arguments" to back its plan to smash the satellite next week with a missile, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"There is an impression that the United States is trying to use the accident with its satellite to test its national anti-missile defense system's capability to destroy other countries' satellites," the ministry said.

The Bush administration says the operation is not a test of a program to kill other nations' orbiting communications and intelligence capabilities. U.S. diplomats around the world have been instructed to inform governments that it is meant to protect people from 1,000 pounds of toxic fuel on the bus-sized satellite hurtling toward Earth.


Ragingbear 10 years, 2 months ago

They want to blow it up because there is probably stuff that is potentially sensitive on it. Things like circuit boards, encryption modules and program modules would be worth a lot to a lot of people.

pisafromthewest 10 years, 2 months ago

If the Russians don't want us to shoot it down, I presume they won't mind if it lands in the middle of Red Square?

Tom McCune 10 years, 2 months ago

The Russians are right. This is target practice. What's so bad about that?

pisafromthewest 10 years, 2 months ago

Newell_Post (Anonymous) says:

"The Russians are right. This is target practice. What's so bad about that?"

Even if that isn't the primary reason for doing it, it is a rather fortunate side effect, isn't it? "Hey, Moscow, we don't want to worry you, but look what we can do when we want to..."

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