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Is Russian Mystery Object a Space Weapon?
The orbital maneuvers of a mysterious object Russia launched earlier this year have raised concerns that the satellite may be a space weapon of some sort.
The speculation centers on "Object 2014-28E," which Russia lofted along with three military communications satellites in May. Russian officials did not declare the object as part of the launch, and it was originally thought to be space junk. But satellite trackers have watched it perform a number of interesting maneuvers over the past few weeks, the Financial Times reported Monday (Nov. 17).
it's not as easy as filling some tank with tritium. the tritium has to be evenly diffused throughout the fissile material. i don't think it's something you can do on the fly. also i doubt the Russians have nukes in space.
originally posted by: Nickn3
Just a thought, if the discarded boosters that are being visited, are more that just trash? Think about it, what if they are old weapons platforms? Nuc's in space! Even MIRV's require maintenance.
The Russian vehicle could be there to replenish the on board tritium that's required for warhead to fire with the proper yield. Tritium has a half life of 12.3 years and requires attention every 5 years or so, or you get a warhead fizzle. In my opinion, similar to the problems that North Korea has had with their program.
I can't prove any of this, but maybe one of you guys can. ATS what say you?