UK and US Say Russia Fired Satellite Weapon in Space
The US State Department expressed concerns “what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry,” reflecting the most recent US issue with new Russian satellite activity.
- The Russian defense ministry said it uses new technology to check Russian space equipment.
- This accusation is the first time the UK participates in concerns about Russian threats.
- US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christopher Ford, said “Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counter-space programme.”
Russia, the UK, the US, and China joined a space treaty that requires exploration of space to solely serve peaceful purposes.
- Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, the head of the UK’s space directorate, expressed concern about the latest Russian satellite test, which had the “characteristics of a weapon.” Such actions “threaten the peaceful use of space.”
- Moscow investigates the use of one satellite to kill another. Space has become the new frontier as satellite become more essential for intelligence gathering, communications, navigation, and early-warning.