Russia entered the club of powers capable of shooting down satellites


It is no secret that all satellite constellations in orbit have a dual purpose. In the event of an armed conflict, thousands of satellites of the company of the same Elon Mask from peaceful distributors of broadband Internet will turn into spies, which they essentially are. It is hardly a revelation that the Pentagon is behind a number of space projects of the shocking billionaire.


In this regard, the sharp public reaction of the recently created United States Space Force to the Russian test of the anti-satellite missile system is very curious.

The Pentagon is very serious about the militarization of near-Earth space, which follows from a statement by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD):

The United States considers the possibility of using outer space as a vital aspect related to national interests ... If necessary, opponents will be denied the opportunity to use outer space if they thus pursue goals that are hostile to US national interests.


"Denied to use" - it sounds solid. The most interesting thing is that the United States can, if necessary, reset the satellite constellation of another state. Disabling it can have a very serious negative effect on the military potential of the enemy. In 2007, China was the first to conduct pilot tests of an anti-satellite complex, the rocket of which at an altitude of 865 kilometers successfully shot down an emergency Chinese satellite. In the following 2008, the United States removed its emergency spy satellite at an altitude of 70 km from the cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-245). In 2019, India joined this closed club of countries capable of hitting spacecraft in orbit.

In Russia, this was not easy. In the USSR in the eighties there was a program "Satellite Fighter". Within its framework, it was planned to create kamikaze satellites, which were supposed to homing on enemy vehicles and explode with them, approaching. In recent years, the United States has commented with great irritation on the increased activity of the Russian satellite inspectors Cosmos-2542 and Cosmos-2543, which were attributed to espionage and sabotage functions.

But now our country can quite officially be included in the club of powers capable of shooting down satellites with missiles. The command of the US Space Forces reacted very negatively to the test of Russian anti-satellite missiles. Judging by the available information, we are talking about the missile defense system A-235 "Nudol". The exact performance characteristics are unknown, but it is assumed that its modernized version is able to fight not only with ICBMs, but also with maneuverable space manned and unmanned vehicles.

In the basic version, a low-power nuclear charge is used to destroy the electronic and electrical circuits of enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles. Some domestic military experts make a well-reasoned assumption that the updated system is adapted to the non-nuclear interception of spacecraft, which expands the possibility of its use in a limited armed conflict. This complex should be mobile and allow the possibility of interception in low Earth orbit, that is, at an altitude of at least 500-750 kilometers.

The most interesting thing is that the A-235 Nudol was adopted by the RF Armed Forces more than a year ago, but the Pentagon’s cry was raised only now. It seems that the US military and defense industry is not averse to using this news item about the “Russian threat” in order to knock out more money.
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  1. 123 Offline
    123 (123) April 18 2020 14: 44
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    It is no secret that all satellite constellations in orbit have a dual purpose. In the event of an armed conflict, thousands of satellites of the company of the same Elon Mask from peaceful distributors of broadband Internet will turn into spies, which they essentially are. It is hardly a revelation that the Pentagon is behind a number of space projects of the shocking billionaire.

    What terrible things you say for Musk fans. belay Now they will require evidence from you and, probably. apologies. what After all, “the whole world” knows Musk is good and kind, he does everything exclusively for the benefit of mankind, and if he cooperates with the Pentagon, then projects are financed exclusively at his own expense. yes In general, get ready, I can even predict that the name of the first "lawyer" will be Cyril. yes

    But now our country can quite officially be included in the club of powers capable of shooting down satellites with missiles.

    Who is the club chairman? We can turn it on ourselves, or turn it off if you like, because Russia has rich traditions in this area. The projects "Spiral", "Bor" were much earlier, one of the tasks was the destruction of satellites. In general, some kind of flawed position, someone must necessarily take us somewhere, approve, allow and so on. Straighten your back, your horizons will expand. yes
    1. Marzhecki Offline
      Marzhecki (Sergei) April 19 2020 07: 29
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      Are you tired of clowning around?
      1. cmonman Offline
        cmonman (Garik Mokin) April 19 2020 16: 51
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        Are you tired of clowning around?

        And you, Sergey, do not provoke!
        And in general, if Musk wants to launch 12 thousand by 2030, then you need to start the construction of 12 thousand Nudole right today to put them on the fence around the perimeter by 2030.
        Or another idea. WebOne also wants to create a constellation of 4 thousand satellites, which may turn out to be spies. Their launch is carried out by the Union. So it’s not better / cheaper to fill up the Union right at the start (experience on blocking + destroy 30 potential spies) than launch 30 Nudole.
        Ideas are good, do not immediately reject, think ...
        1. 123 Offline
          123 (123) April 19 2020 17: 40
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          And in general, if Musk wants to launch 12 thousand by 2030, then you need to start building 12 thousand nodules today to put them around the perimeter by 2030.

          Firstly, not the fact that they will all be launched. Russia and China do not need the Internet from the Mask, while doing innocent eyes and talking - and we will launch them for you anyway, will fail. The military component of the project is too obvious. The efficiency of satellites over this territory is extremely not obvious. no Secondly, spending on these A-235 Nudol satellites is expensive. There are cheaper ways to neutralize them.

          Or another idea. WebOne also wants to create a constellation of 4 thousand satellites, which may turn out to be spies. Their launch is carried out by the Union. So it’s not better / cheaper to fill up the Union right at the start (experience on blocking + destroy 30 potential spies) than launch 30 nudoles.

          Shah, no one is flying anywhere. request WebOne Bankrupt.

          https://www.rbc.ru/business/28/03/2020/5e7e96e29a794720e22cde8a
          Besides, who said that they should have worked on Russia?
        2. shinobi Offline
          shinobi (Yuri) 10 May 2020 09: 52
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          And here Peresvet immediately emerges on the surface of gossip. What was created and in what wavelength range this masterpiece is naughty. Judging by some defaults, it hits in the microwave range, it is imprisoned just for the defeat of small objects in orbit. To disable a satellite, it is not necessary to smash it into the trash. It is enough to burn its external sensors, which, due to their purpose and specifics of work, are not protected by anything. At its core, Relight is a powerful generator of narrowly targeted EMP. He gasped, and a piece of iron with burnt out electronics dangles in orbit.
  2. 69 Offline
    69 April 19 2020 09: 42
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    Even when Brezhnev knew how to shoot down satellites, or did we already “fly” to the moon like a mattress, and “forgot” how to do it again?
  3. boriz Offline
    boriz (boriz) April 19 2020 14: 14
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    Russia entered the club of powers capable of shooting down satellites.

    And when did she leave this club? She founded this club. In the downing of US satellites, they always caught up with us. To no avail. The A-35 missile defense system began development in 1958. In 1971 it was put on combat duty. What did the USA have at that time? And the system is constantly being improved. A-35, A-135, A-235 ... USA nervously smoked aside.
    We always had advanced rockets and fighter satellites. In June 1974, the NR-23M Kartech cannon was tested in orbit, the Nudelman-Richter design, and an modernization of the automatic aircraft gun for space conditions. The gun was installed at the Salyut-3 station, as part of the Almaz project.
    That is, such guns could be installed on special maneuvering Almaz satellites (automatic and manned). In the future, they planned to replace or supplement the Shield-2 system (2 space-to-space rockets). The first fighter satellites, to work in kamikaze mode, began to be launched back in 1963.
    And where was Musk at that time? He was born 18 days after the A-35 system was adopted.
    Moreover, it was already a ready-made existing cover system for Moscow. Two old concrete roads around Moscow are just for servicing this system.