Russia placed a military satellite into orbit that would be part of its anti-missile space shield

FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, October 4, 2018. NASA / Roscosmos / Handout via REUTERS
FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, October 4, 2018. NASA / Roscosmos / Handout via REUTERS

Russia successfully placed a military satellite into orbit this Thursday that, according to specialized media, is possibly part of its anti-missile space shield, of which very few details have been revealed to the public.

The satellite was launched at 01:09 GMT from the Cosmodrome in Plessetsk, in the northwest of the country, by a rocket Soyuz 2.1B, according to images released by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

The satellite “was successfully placed in the desired orbit by the Russian Defense Ministry,” the ministry reported, cited by Interfax, and without providing further details.

In total, some 40 follow-up teams and more than 70 units from the 15th Army Aerospace Special Forces supervised the launch.

According to the official agency RIA Nóvosti, Its about 51st launch of a Soyuz-2.1B rocket since testing began at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in 2004.

File image of a launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan), heading for the International Space Station (ISS).  EFE / EPA / MAXIM SHIPENKOV
File image of a launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan), heading for the International Space Station (ISS). EFE / EPA / MAXIM SHIPENKOV

According to the medium specialized in Russian space, the site Russianspaceweb, the satellite launched on Thursday is part of the mysterious anti-missile space shield “Kupol” (“Dome”), of which Moscow revealed scant details in December 2019.

This system is intended for detect from space the launch of ballistic missiles, their trajectory and their objective, according to details presented then by the Russian General Staff.

Recently, Russia admitted to destroying one of its satellites during the test of a space missile, but rejection the prosecution of the United States of having endangered the crew of the International Space Station.

US officials accused Russia of having carried out a “dangerous and irresponsible” act that created a cloud of debris and forced the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) to take evasive action.

International Space Station NASA - Europa Press
International Space Station NASA – Europa Press

“The Russian Defense Ministry successfully conducted a test, as a result of which the spacecraft ‘Tselina-D’, which has been in orbit since 1982, was destroyed“The Russian army said in a statement.

The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu later stated that a “promising” system was used that hit the mark with “precision”.

The fragments that were formed pose no threat to space activity “he added, quoted by Russian news agencies.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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