The US will have a military space station: launch in a year


Sierra Nevada Corporation has signed a contract with the US Department of Defense to develop an autonomous space station Shooting Star. The orbiter will be created on the basis of the cargo module of the reusable ship Dream Chaser. This was reported on the eve of the press service of the aerospace company.


According to representatives of Sierra Nevada, the promising Falling Star ACS is being created as part of the NASA CRS-2 program and can be used for additional storage of cargo, space debris from orbit, conducting experiments in microgravity and testing logistics for the future placement of outposts at different orbits.

In turn, the American publication The Drive suggests that the military department can use the new station for the assembly and repair of satellites and spacecraft. Also, the editorial board does not exclude the placement of defensive or offensive weapons on board the apparatus.

At the same time, The Drive emphasizes that if the Pentagon uses “non-mass destruction” weapons as a payload for the Shooting Star apparatus, the 1967 Space Treaty prohibiting the placement of the aforementioned weapons in outer space will not be violated.

As for the autonomous station itself, it, according to Sierra Nevada, is in a high degree of readiness and can make a demonstration flight to the ISS next year. The length of the device is a little more than 4 meters. At the same time, the internal airtight compartment and the three external containers of the Shooting Star are capable of accommodating more than 4,5 tons of payload.

Shooting Star was equipped with six engines, which allows the station to freely maneuver in orbit and two arrays of solar panels, providing the device with autonomy.
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  1. cmonman Offline
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 17 July 2020 15: 37
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    For those who want to see the details in pictures / photos / cartoons - this is here:

    https://www.space.com/dream-chaser-shooting-star-cargo-module.html
    1. 123 Online
      123 (123) 17 July 2020 16: 38
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      good The link is useful.
    2. Cyril Offline
      Cyril (Kirill) 17 July 2020 17: 06
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      An interesting project, it would be implemented as soon as possible. Dream Chaser with a docked cargo block looks like a ship from science fiction films).
      1. Satellite Offline
        Satellite (Satellite) 18 July 2020 21: 58
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        would soon realize.

        Rejoice at the enemy's successes? Some kind of non-pro-Russian position of the person who wrote in the column “place of residence” - Russia.
        1. Cyril Offline
          Cyril (Kirill) 19 July 2020 00: 19
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          The successes of the "enemy" led to the fact that mankind landed on the moon in the 60s.
          1. Satellite Offline
            Satellite (Satellite) 19 July 2020 02: 10
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            The successes of the "enemy" led to the fact that mankind landed on the moon in the 60s.

            Oh yes, it matters! It is so important that you can then forget about this achievement for 50 years. (Was there a boy?)
            It is so important that a person who calls himself a Russian forgot about his hatred of a mortal enemy, and with childish enthusiasm admires the success of this enemy in creating new weapons that will kill him. Paradox, huh?)
            Or maybe, after all, this person is not a Russian at all? And so .. someone .... who is just ashamed to indicate their real affiliation? Or maybe even ashamed?)
            And what .. today some have, so to speak, "proud" of other people's successes, because their "promaidani's", right?
            Well, yes, this is so, by the way, not of offense, but rather with sympathy.)
            1. Cyril Offline
              Cyril (Kirill) 19 July 2020 12: 02
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              Oh yes, it matters!

              Yes, it is important.

              It is so important that you can then forget about this achievement for 50 years. (Was there a boy?)

              You may have forgotten. With age, some people experience worse memory.

              forgot about his hatred of the mortal enemy

              Deadly enemy? I don’t remember that the United States did anything bad to me.

              Or maybe, after all, this person is not a Russian at all? And so .. someone .... who is just ashamed to indicate their real affiliation? Or maybe even ashamed?)

              My nationality is shown on my profile. What do you think there about this - your problems.

              And what .. today some have, so to speak, "proud" of other people's successes, because their "promaidani's", right?

              Sorry, you're right. My country, the first to launch a man into space, which has made many scientific achievements and discoveries in astronautics, today has been creating an ordinary launch vehicle for 25 years and cannot create it in any way.

              Well, yes, this is so, by the way, not of offense, but rather with sympathy.)

              Thank you for your sympathy for Roscosmos. He needs it today.
          2. magma Offline
            magma (Tatyana) 19 July 2020 09: 15
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            The successes of the "enemy" led to the fact that mankind landed on the moon in the 60s.

            Landed ... with the entire film crew in Nevada.

            1. Cyril Offline
              Cyril (Kirill) 19 July 2020 12: 04
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              See more gibberish on the internet.
              1. Satellite Offline
                Satellite (Satellite) 19 July 2020 12: 14
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                See more gibberish on the internet.

                I’m embarrassed to ask, but what sources do you “draw” from your nonsense? Share it. please, by experience, then maybe it will be easier to discuss.
                1. Cyril Offline
                  Cyril (Kirill) 19 July 2020 13: 07
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                  My "nonsense" about the reality of the American landing on the moon, I draw from the memories of people like Feoktistov and Chertok. If you know, of course, who it is.
                  1. Satellite Offline
                    Satellite (Satellite) 19 July 2020 13: 27
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                    from the memories of people like Feoktistov and Chertok.

                    I understand that they were direct eyewitnesses of the landing of the Americans on the moon, right?
                    Otherwise it would have turned out: ... what was not with me, I remember.)
                    1. Cyril Offline
                      Cyril (Kirill) 19 July 2020 15: 02
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                      I understand that they were direct eyewitnesses of the landing of the Americans on the moon, right?

                      Of course, both were participants in the Soviet lunar program.
                      1. Satellite Offline
                        Satellite (Satellite) 19 July 2020 15: 51
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                        Of course, both were participants in the Soviet lunar program.

                        And what does this give them grounds for "memories" of the landing of the Americans on the moon?))
                        Look, the Americans are actually unsurpassed masters ... to create all sorts of provocations and staging. One imitation of the creation of a "SDI system" as a result cost the USSR its existence.
                        So "landing on the moon" is ... a trial balloon. The Americans themselves even admit that the filming, "for clarity"))) was conducted on Earth, but this supposedly does not negate the fact of the "lunar landing") Well, not seriously, right.)
                        And it’s impossible to hide it. For example, any educated person who knows the laws of physics sees that the emission of dust from the wheels of the "lunar rover" is not typical for a planet with no atmosphere.
                        Before referring to someone's “memories,” it is sometimes helpful to include your own brain as well, which you would like to wish for.
                      2. Cyril Offline
                        Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 01: 17
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                        And what does this give them grounds for "memories" of the landing of the Americans on the moon?))

                        Yes, it is quite. You do not think that the leading designers of the Soviet lunar program were not aware of how the Americans are doing?

                        One imitation of creating an “SDI system” as a result cost the USSR its existence.

                        The USSR did not collapse from SDI. Plus SDI itself was not a hoax. Developments on it were quite specific, but the collapse of the USSR made the program irrelevant at that time. Nevertheless, the work already done on it formed the basis of the modern US missile defense system.

                        The Americans themselves even admit that the filming, "for clarity"))) was conducted on Earth, but this supposedly does not negate the fact of the "lunar landing") Well, not seriously, right.)

                        Pfff. This will probably be a revelation for you, but NASA and the US government never (including during the lunar expeditions themselves) did not hide the fact that part of the photo and video materials of American astronauts "on the Moon" was shot on Earth. The explanation is very simple and logical - real shots from the Moon with those technologies were very, very ordinary-looking, understandable and interesting only to specialists. For newspapers, TV shows and other media, more spectacular shots were needed, understandable to the common man in the street. Therefore yes - часть the materials published in the media were imitations of what happened to the astronauts on the real moon. Nobody ever hid this. Moreover, the USSR did the same when it covered its space program in the media.

                        For example, any educated person who knows the laws of physics, sees that the emission of dust from under the wheels of the "moon rover" is not typical of a planet with no atmosphere.

                        It is very typical for a satellite without an atmosphere with gravity, almost 5 times smaller than on Earth. And any educated person knows this.

                        Before referring to someone's “memories,” it is sometimes helpful to include your own brain as well, which you would like to wish for.

                        Wish. Just remember to do the same yourself before doing this. While you are bad with this.
                      3. Satellite Offline
                        Satellite (Satellite) 20 July 2020 10: 21
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                        NASA and the US government have never (including during the lunar expeditions themselves) made any secret that some of the photographs and videos of American astronauts "on the Moon" were filmed on Earth.

                        Eck, you are cleverly "changing your shoes in the air")) Until recently, you arrogantly declared about: such video materials:

                        See more gibberish on the internet.

                        Decide - or this is nonsense, or:

                        spectacular shots that are understandable to the common man in the street. Therefore, yes - some of the materials published in the media were imitations of what happened to the astronauts on the real moon.

                        About:

                        It is very typical for a satellite without an atmosphere with gravity, almost 5 times smaller than on Earth. And any educated person knows this.

                        I foresaw that you, due to your illiteracy, would not see the difference.
                        In the absence of air resistance, the flight path of the body in the approximation of a uniform gravitational field is a parabola.
                        And the dust emitted from under the wheels of the "lunar rover", in the video, flies according to the logarithmic function, that is, first up and to the side, then, bumping into air resistance, sharply changes the trajectory of the flight down. This proves that the survey was carried out in the presence of the atmosphere. And in turn - fictitious evidence of the American landing on the moon.
                      4. Cyril Offline
                        Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 11: 43
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                        Eck you deftly "change your shoes in the air")) Until recently, you arrogantly stated about: such video materials

                        I "arrogantly stated" about this:

                        Landed ... with the entire film crew in Nevada.

                        And if you carefully watched this video sent by Tatiana, you would notice that the soundtrack there does not match the frames. This is a compilation of real videos from the Moon, real videos from training in Nevada and an amateurly overdubbed audio track. Which (compilation) supposedly proves that this is all a "scam".

                        I foresaw that you, because of your illiteracy, would not see the difference.

                        laughing

                        This proves that the survey was carried out in the presence of the atmosphere.

                        In the earth's atmosphere, the fine-grained part of the dust behind the rover would swirl and would not "drastically change the trajectory of downward movement", but would hang in the air as a distinct cloud for some time, in which particles fly along a complex trajectory due to air turbulence, which in frames with There is no moon. So, keep your amateurish ideas about how dust behaves on the Moon with you and do not amuse those who understand at least a little in physics and have at least once seen how ordinary earth's dust behaves in a normal earth's atmosphere and gravity.

                        And in turn - fictitious evidence of the American landing on the moon.

                        This only proves your illiteracy.
                      5. Satellite Offline
                        Satellite (Satellite) 20 July 2020 12: 05
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                        And if you carefully watched this video sent by Tatyana, you would notice

                        I don't mean just this video. I happened to see a lot of them.
                        About the synchronicity of the soundtracks - nonsense. They can move for various reasons (there are many of them) when digitalizing analog video.

                        In the earth's atmosphere, a fine fraction of the dust behind the rover would swirl and would not "abruptly change the trajectory downward," but would hang in the air for some time.

                        Regarding "fine" dust ... who told you that such dust was used during the shooting? Volcanic sand, for example, is very suitable for this kind of photography. It is black, large, heavy, and has no fine particles. Moreover, you are now contradicting yourself again, forgetting that the shooting was still carried out on the ground:

                        Pfff. This may be a revelation for you, but NASA and the US government have never (including during the lunar expeditions themselves) made any secret that some of the photographic and video footage of American astronauts "on the Moon" was filmed on Earth. The explanation is very simple and logical - real shots from the Moon with those technologies were very, very ordinary-looking, understandable and interesting only to specialists. For newspapers, TV shows and other media, more spectacular shots were needed, understandable to the common man in the street.

                        Is that what you said?
                      6. Cyril Offline
                        Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 12: 14
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                        I don't mean just this video. I happened to see a lot of them.

                        What's the point that "you had to see them a lot"? If you do not have the proper level of knowledge, then at least watch around the clock.

                        Regarding "fine" dust ... who told you that such dust was used during the shooting?

                        Because in the frames, which are declared as genuine frames from the Moon, the sand behaves exactly as containing, among other things, a fine fraction. And he behaves as he should behave on the moon.

                        Moreover, you are now contradicting yourself again, forgetting that the shooting was still carried out on the ground:

                        No, I do not contradict. I said that часть filming was carried out on Earth - and no one ever hid it. When the materials filmed on Earth were shown, they were marked accordingly.
                2. Satellite Offline
                  Satellite (Satellite) 20 July 2020 11: 12
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                  The USSR did not collapse from SDI. Plus SDI itself was not a hoax. Developments on it were quite specific, but the collapse of the USSR made the program irrelevant at that time. Nevertheless, the work already done on it formed the basis of the modern US missile defense system.

                  20 years ago, in May 1993, the American military program "Strategic Defense Initiative" officially ceased to exist.
                  SDI was directed against the USSR - the Americans tried to create a kind of "anti-missile umbrella" over the entire country.
                  The easiest way to do this was in space, and the program was nicknamed "Star Wars".
                  SDI existed for exactly 10 years. It was turned down after it became clear that it was impossible to create such an umbrella, and there was no need - the main enemy of the United States ceased to exist.
                  The program and measures to counter it cost the USA and the USSR a lot of money. This was as a result of one of the factors in the collapse of the Soviet Union.

                  https://www.bbc.com/russian/radio/2013/05/130514_a_us_sdi_defence
                3. Cyril Offline
                  Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 11: 47
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                  SDI existed for exactly 10 years. It was folded after it turned out that it was impossible to create such an umbrella, and there is no need - the main enemy of the United States has ceased to exist.

                  Thank you for confirming my words once again.

                  This was as a result of one of the factors in the collapse of the Soviet Union.

                  One of the least significant factors.
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                  Satellite (Satellite) 20 July 2020 12: 06
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                  One of the least significant factors

                  This is your personal, narrow-minded "conclusion".
                5. Cyril Offline
                  Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 12: 16
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                  This is a normal conclusion of a person who possesses logic and knows the history of his own country. The USSR collapsed not because of SDI, but because of the accumulated problems in the economy, the ineffectiveness of the political system, interethnic contradictions and for a bunch of other, much more significant reasons than the response to the American SDI.
  • Cyril Offline
    Cyril (Kirill) 17 July 2020 17: 11
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    Are you, for an hour, not on VO? I saw a similar comment there.
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 17 July 2020 22: 38
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      I saw a similar comment there.

      Yes, that was me. You have to run back and forth ...
  • 123 Online
    123 (123) 17 July 2020 18: 47
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    Hopefully this "fighting fig" will crash on the Pentagon at the first launch.
    1. cmonman Offline
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 17 July 2020 22: 46
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      Hopefully this "fighting fig" will crash on the Pentagon at the first launch.

      And what did the Pentagon do to you? The military industry of Russia is so dispersed by them, the Pentagon, that thanks did not stop saying for those proceeds from selling their weapons!
      What would you like to build instead of missiles / planes / cruisers?
      Is there really something for the people? Oh well....
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        123 (123) 18 July 2020 08: 26
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        And what did the Pentagon do to you? The military industry of Russia is so dispersed by them, the Pentagon, that thanks did not stop saying for those proceeds from selling their weapons!

        And what good did he do? Only blood and destruction around the world. So disperse your industry. Divide north and south and scatter each other, leave the rest of the world alone.

        What would you like to build instead of missiles / planes / cruisers?
        Is there really something for the people? Oh well....

        Why not? The pieces of iron flying above my head, and even intended for my murder, I absolutely do not like. If the inhabitants of the Pentagon have a different opinion on this issue, let it be their heads. I'm not against.
        1. cmonman Offline
          cmonman (Garik Mokin) 18 July 2020 15: 34
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          ... only blood and destruction around the world.

          (in this place the viewer should see anger on his face and a tear in the corner of his eye ...)
          140 million Russian peaceful sheep will support you! This is such a Leninist breed - caring for others, their own can wait ...
          The main thing is world peace !! And the borders are locked! And do not get up from your knees quickly, so as not to stick out from the trench!
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            123 (123) 18 July 2020 16: 09
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            ... only blood and destruction around the world.
            (in this place the viewer should see anger on his face and a tear in the corner of his eye ...)
            140 million Russian peaceful sheep will support you! This is such a Leninist breed - caring for others, their own can wait ...

            Caring for others? So take care of your own people, take the army home, let it take care of the locals. Trotskyist breed, all your orders are trying to spread to others.

            The main thing is world peace !! And the borders are locked! And do not get up from your knees quickly, so as not to stick out from the trench!

            If I were you, I wouldn’t stutter about getting up from my knees. It’s not equal, African-Americans will rush to ask about the value of black lives. winked
            Do not lean out of the trench? Border is locked tight?
            Interesting opinion from the country of the paranoid. The military budget is prohibitive, the army is bloated, there are enemies all around, on all, including allies, sanctions, on the border wall. And only moans and complaints, they interfered in our elections, our vaccine was stolen. laughing
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              cmonman (Garik Mokin) 18 July 2020 17: 09
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              And only moans and complaints, they interfered in our elections, our vaccine was stolen.

              123, who are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourself!
              Because the Internet is not only to express your thoughts, but also to enhance your own education! Let me remind you that WWW is created by amers and all (ALL!) WWW traffic is controlled by them.
              They do not know (or know?) The address of a specific server in another country, where the virus or attack was thrown from, but they know the place when the server of another country connected to WWW! Therefore, they know from which country the attack came. And Peskov realizes that the Americans know, and Lavrov. But their job is like “not us” and “there was no smell of us”.
              But why should you pretend? Or also “not in the know”? So work on yourself, gain some of the knowledge for free - from the Internet, until it is closed for you. After all, Putin wants to make the whole Russian people chaste by disconnecting the Russian segment from WWW, so seize the moment ...!
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                123 (123) 18 July 2020 17: 54
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                who are you laughing at? You are laughing at yourself!
                Because the Internet is not only to express your thoughts, but also to enhance your own education! Let me remind you that WWW is created by amers and all (ALL!) WWW traffic is controlled by them.

                And these controllers constantly complain that they have been hacked? Are they sure they control at least something, or can they only ban YouTube channels?
                Look, you will quarrel with the Chinese - you will remain without 5G, but you will become great again, as the great Trump bequeathed. winked Someday ..... I guess. smile
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                Satellite (Satellite) 18 July 2020 22: 15
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                They don’t know (or know?) The address of a specific server in another country, where the virus or attack was thrown from, but they know the place when the server of another country connected to WWW! Therefore, they know from which country the attack came.

                That is, following your "iron logic", in order to accuse some state of an attack, a hacker just needs to come to this country, register his account there, tied to the server of this country, from there commit his "atrocity", and this will be proof that did the attack come from this country?)
                So in this way you can substitute anyone.)
                Are you really sure that there are people of your equal intellect in the American intelligence services?
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            Satellite (Satellite) 19 July 2020 12: 02
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            This is such a Leninist breed - caring for others, their own can wait.

            And what kind of breed do you have, feel free to ask?
            It is your concern to be on Russian websites when your country has enough of its own.
            Save your precious time promoting your "democracy" for a start in your own country. So that you (I don’t know what suit / breed you are) have at least equal rights with blacks.
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      Satellite (Satellite) 18 July 2020 22: 06
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      Why is the Pentagon some kind of “shit”?) On September 11, a whole passenger plane crashed on it (supposedly), and so what? There weren’t even any wreckage left from the plane, and the Pentagon, if only henna, was like a crumbling elephant!
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        123 (123) 18 July 2020 22: 13
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        Why would the Pentagon have any "figs"?) On September 11, a whole passenger plane crashed (allegedly), so what? There weren’t even any wreckage left from the plane, and the Pentagon, if only henna, was like a crumbling elephant!

        Maybe they do not understand the first time?
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          Satellite (Satellite) 18 July 2020 22: 20
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          Maybe they do not understand the first time?

          Looking at the posts of some participants in the discussion (with a difficult to pronounce Latin letter combination), one can believe that two times will not be enough))
  • And we flew such stations back in the 80s!
    1. 123 Online
      123 (123) 18 July 2020 19: 26
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      And we flew such stations back in the 80s!

      What do you mean? Diamond (Salute)?
      1. Fireworks, of course! They even tested a cannon on it!
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    mr.Parker (Wind) 19 July 2020 12: 07
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    If someone hopes that if the United States hangs a spacecraft with weapons over our heads, will we silently observe this? Then they are very deeply mistaken! Russia always has something to answer them with! Well, firstly, such a device can be shot down by our S-500 missile defense systems if we find out that there are 100% weapons that threaten us! Secondly, we can start rebuilding our BURAN project. Only it will no longer be just a spaceship, but an orbital bomber, with weapons of enormous destructive power! Poseidon's 100 megaton ammunition will seem like candy to them! Which we can also hang right over their heads !!! From a technical point of view, this will not be difficult at all! But be that as it may, Russia will not silently watch the ax of war drifting over us!
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      Cyril (Kirill) 20 July 2020 11: 59
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      Secondly, we can start rebuilding our BURAN project.

      laughing We can start, we just have to finish) The hangar has not been for 25 years.
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        mr.Parker (Wind) 24 July 2020 16: 16
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        ANGARA is a civil project! Therefore, they are pulling rubber with him, financing + elements of corruption, banal theft, etc. - everything is there, how can it be without it. But if a global military threat hangs over us, then everyone knows about this, how Russia can quickly concentrate all its efforts to achieve its goal! If need be, Russia can very, believe me, very quickly come up with an adequate military response! There is no doubt about that!
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          Cyril (Kirill) 24 July 2020 17: 48
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          ANGARA is a civil project!

          Thank you, laughed. These are the first planned launches with a real load in the interests of the military.
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            mr.Parker (Wind) 30 July 2020 17: 08
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            Have you fallen from the moon? All space technology has a dual purpose! Is this a discovery for you?
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              Cyril (Kirill) 30 July 2020 17: 26
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              Not all. The Saturn 5 rocket that took the Americans to the moon was not military and was never used by the military. The Shuttle was also not a military program, and was never used by the military. Falcon is also a project in the interests of NASA, although since 2015 it has also been used to launch military satellites.