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Moscow (CNN) -- Russia's space agency is investigating the failed launch of three navigational satellites, the agency reported Sunday. The satellites were meant to complete the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system. But they went into a "non-targeted orbit" following their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday afternoon, the Federal Space Agency reported.
Originally posted by kristobal
Maybe the Americans sabotaged the launch because they don't want the Russians in control of an alternative to their GPS system, which is used to guide weapons. The Europeans have a competing system, but they are in the pocket of the Americans anyway. It is widely known that the US has a kill switch to disable / encrypt GPS in cases where they don't want other nations using it. It's a mighty strange coincidence that these three satellites would have made the Russian system completely operational.
We all take it for granted, but GPS is one of the most decisive military technologies of the last few decades.