US still characterizing damage of satellite struck in Russian missile test

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 23:52:39 GMT
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Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 18, 2021 The United States is still characterising the damage from an...

The United States is still characterising the damage from an anti-satellite missile test allegedly conducted by Russia earlier this week, US Space Command Deputy Commander John Shaw said on Wednesday.

"We are still characterising this event. We expect the debris will grow over time," Shaw said.

The Deputy Commander explained that the debris will become a threat that will eventually have to be dealt with.

On Monday, the Space Command said Russia tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile that struck a Soviet-era Cosmos 1408 satellite, created a field of debris in low-Earth orbit.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday that he held a telephone conversation with Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin to express concern over the danger astronauts and cosmonauts encounter on the International Space Station from the debris.

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As reported, the Russian Federation tested a probable 'Nudol' direct ascent anti-satellite missile yesterday at 150250Z from Pllesetk, Russia with the target a defunct Russian satellite called Cosmos 1408.

The US Space Command has reported there is a large debris cloud of up to 1000 pieces forming around Cosmos 1408's area of orbit.