Russia's anti-satellite missile test sharply criticized: 'This move was irresponsible'

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The United States has criticized Russia for conducting a "dangerous and irresponsible" missile test, and US officials have said the test put the crew on the International Space Station (ISS) at risk.

Russia destroyed one of its own satellites in the test, but its fragments forced ISS personnel to take refuge in capsules. The ISS crew currently has seven members, including four Americans, two Germans, and two Russian astronauts.

ISS is in orbit of the planet at an altitude of about 420 km above the earth.

"Today, the Russian Federation recklessly tested a live anti-satellite missile and destroyed one of its own satellites," State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a briefing. So far 1,500 pieces have come into orbit from this test, which is a threat to the interests of all countries.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he was "outraged" by the incident.

"Given Russia's long history of manned spaceflight, it is astonishing that Russia would endanger not only the Americans but also its astronauts or the crew of the Chinese space station," he said in a statement. Will endanger

The Russian space agency did not pay much attention to the incident. The agency said in a message on Twitter that the orbit of the object, which required the crew to take refuge according to the procedure, had moved away from the orbit of the SSS. The ISS is now in the green zone.

The piece passed close to the ISS, but now it is being considered where it came from.

Apparently, the wreckage was a fragment of the Russian satellite Cosmos 1408, a spy satellite that was launched in 1982 and had not been in operation for many years. A company called Leo Labs, which tracks fragments in space, says its radar in New Zealand spotted numerous fragments at the site where the satellite was supposed to be. The U.S. spokesman said Russia's actions "make it clear that Russia's claims to keep space free of weapons are hypocritical and frivolous."

He added, "The United States, together with its allies, will respond to this irresponsible move,". The British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the test reflected a lack of awareness about security, safety, and stability in space.

He said, "The debris destroyed by this test will remain in orbit for many years and will pose a threat to satellites and manned space travel,". Many countries in the world have the capability to launch satellites from the ground into space, including the United States, Russia, China, and India.

Testing of missiles is seldom done, but whenever it is done, it is widely criticized because it creates problems for everyone in space. When China destroyed one of its retired satellites in 2007, it created 2,000 collisions that could be tracked. Because of them, China's ongoing space missions, including its own, were threatened.

Brian Weiden, an expert on space situational orbits, had previously said that it would be "extremely irresponsible" to prove that Russia had acted in a way that endangered ISIS. Usually, other operators do not allow their hardware to pass through the orbit of the space station, whether it is active or disabled, but over time astronauts have to take maximum security measures because of the old satellite and rocket fragments. They are passing very close to the space station.

The speed at which these pieces are traveling means that they can easily tear apart the space station walls. As a precautionary measure, astronauts usually have to turn off various modules and go into capsules so that they can return safely to Earth in the event of a major accident.

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