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Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 16, 2021 12:19AM
[arstechnica.com]

The seven astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station sheltered inside their respective spacecraft, a Crew Dragon and Soyuz, on Monday morning as the orbiting laboratory passed through an unexpected debris field.

This was not a pre-planned collision avoidance maneuver in low Earth orbit, in which the station would use onboard propulsion to move away. Rather, the situation required the astronauts to quickly take shelter.

Had there been a collision during the conjunction, the two spacecraft would have been able to detach from the space station and make an emergency return to Earth. Ultimately that was not necessary, and the astronauts reemerged into the space station later Monday. However, as the crew on board the station prepared for their sleep schedule, Mission Control in Houston asked them to keep as many of the hatches onboard the space station closed for the time being, in case of an unexpected collision during subsequent orbits...

It appears likely that the debris field that had alarmed flight controllers on Monday was caused by an anti-satellite test performed by Russia's military early on Monday.

The US Department of Defense on Monday issued the following statement on the test: "US Space Command is aware of a debris-generating event in outer space. We are actively working to characterize the debris field and will continue to ensure all space-faring nations have the information necessary to maneuver satellites if impacted."...

It appears that Russia launched a surface-to-space Nudol missile on Monday, between 02:00 and 05:00 UTC, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northern part of the country. The missile then struck an older satellite, Cosmos 1408. Launched in 1982, the satellite had been slowly losing altitude and was a little more than 450 km above the Earth.

This is a large satellite, with a mass of about 2,000 kg. As of Monday afternoon, US Space Command said it was already tracking more than 1,000 pieces of new debris.




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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 16, 2021 06:43AM
Russians want to peddle this tech to the NoKors among others.
Now to wait & see what, if anything our elected leaders will do.
My money thinks the Chinese aren't thrilled about this either, as their
$150B (est.) Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) Space Station is also orbiting.



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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 16, 2021 06:54AM
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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 16, 2021 06:54AM
Space is really big.



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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 16, 2021 07:20AM
Keep pushing for that Kessler Syndrome.....

[en.wikipedia.org]

Navigation by inertial systems and LORAN, communication by land lines and radio, planetary monitoring by having to go and look at it. Deep space satellites would be safe, geosynch satellites would probably be safe, but LEO stuff... toast.
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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: decay
Date: November 16, 2021 07:32AM
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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 16, 2021 08:42AM
Oh, and here is a visual representation of the stuff around our planet....

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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 16, 2021 10:26AM
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Oh, and here is a visual representation of the stuff around our planet....

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Scary cool.
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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 16, 2021 10:55AM
And all that in just 64 years. just imagine what it will be like in another decade.



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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: November 16, 2021 11:48AM
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MrNoBody
Russians want to peddle this tech to the NoKors among others.
Now to wait & see what, if anything our elected leaders will do.
My money thinks the Chinese aren't thrilled about this either, as their
$150B (est.) Tiangong (Heavenly Palace) Space Station is also orbiting.

After China's own ASAT test, they can suck me and swallow... They put a debris cloud up that will take 200+ years to deorbit.

At least when the U.S. did a test a few years later, WE had the good sense to do it at an altitude where all the debris deorbited within 2 years.



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Re: Not satisfied with their two previous attempts, Russians try to destroy the space station for a third time...
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 16, 2021 03:30PM
China's test was WAY worse.



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