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Sat and Anti-Sat ~ 'Star Wars'

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    One big driver of developing Earth orbiting satellites is the aerial(space) recon potential. After Gary Powers and his U-2 were shot down over the USSR by SAMs, the desire to surveil from space, higher ground, gained added incentive. The nature of military and weapon evolution means measure ~counter measure, hence anti-satellite system have been of interest for decades. So, recent twist on this;

    STAR WARS Russia has secretly tested anti-satellite weapon in SPACE, US Space Command says
    RUSSIA has enraged the west by test-firing a weapon designed to knock out other satellites and "threaten the peaceful use of space".

    The Kremlin's military push to use weapons in space puts "US and Allied space assets at serious risk", the US Space Command has warned.

    Researchers said they have "evidence that Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon."

    They said: "On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543."

    This is the same Russian satellite which was spotted earlier this year stalking spy satellite USA 245 – which snaps intelligence photos of Earth for the Pentagon.

    On its website, Vladimir Putin's space agency ROSCOSMOS says its satellite was launched on November 25 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, a sprawling launch site 500 miles north of Moscow, which it described as "part of Russian Space Forces" and "a large testing base".
    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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