The Russian space agency suggested Monday that a foreign power may have been behind the space accident that disabled one of the country's most modern military satellites earlier this month.
Russia on February 1 launched a high-tech Geo-IK-2 craft to help the military draw a three-dimensional map of the Earth and locate the precise positions of various targets.
News reports said the satellite was a vital part of Russia's effort to match the United States and NATO's ability to target its missiles from space.
But the craft briefly went missing after its launch only to re-emerge in a wrong orbit that left the craft unable to complete its assigned task.
The Russian military and space agency set up a joint task force to probe the accident but it has presented no official results thus far.
One unnamed space official told Interfax however that initial evidence suggested that the craft went off target after one of its booster rockets inexplicably reversed course.
"The probable cause may involve electromagnetic intrusion on the automatic controls," the unnamed space official said.
the satellite was for... ability to target NATO's missiles
the satellite was a vital part of Russia's effort to match the United States and NATO's ability to target its missiles from space
Originally posted by CastleMadeOfSand
could it possibly be due to the recent solar flare?
or it could be that some underpaid/overworked Russian scientist simply made a miscalculation?
...but of course the U.S. is the first blame to be placed.
as far as i understood it means they say they tried launching something which makes them capable to target their own missiles with same accurancy than NATO's