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Russian official suggest a weapon might have down one of their satellites

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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:25 AM
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A Russian scientific spacecraft whizzing out of control around the Earth, and expected to re-enter the atmosphere on Saturday, may have failed because it was struck by some type of antisatellite weapon, the director of Russia’s space agency said in an interview published Tuesday.


The question is who or why would someone do this? Surely this is not something that will be taken lightly by the Russians.
With the tensions regarding the situation in Iran, this just cannot be good, especially since the Russians are also involved there.

This part was also rather interesting.


Mr. Popovkin’s remarks to the newspaper Izvestia were the first high-level suggestion of nefarious interference. A retired commander of Russia’s missile warning system had speculated in November that strong radar signals from installations in Alaska might have damaged the spacecraft.

“We don’t want to accuse anybody, but there are very powerful devices that can influence spacecraft now,” Mr. Popovkin said in the interview. “The possibility they were used cannot be ruled out.”


I might be reaching here, but could he possibly be referring to Haarp?

However, like the article states, Russia often likes to blame or hint at foreign involvement in some situations, like this.



Mr. Popovkin did not directly implicate the United States in the interview. But he said “the frequent failure of our space launches, which occur at a time when they are flying over the part of Earth not visible from Russia, where we do not see the spacecraft and do not receive telemetric information, are not clear to us,” an apparent reference to the Americas.


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Am i reading to much into this, or might there just be a bit more to it?

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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:38 AM
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Considering all their failures lately, i would say they have a pretty good reason to be suspicious.

Not blaming the U.S of course... Plenty of other countries out there able to down some satellites with HAARP arrays and whatnot, im sure.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:41 AM
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Or......... maybe a piece of space junk or a micrometeorite hit it? Satellites fail sometimes... maybe it was in a degraded orbit? Especially Russian ones, as of late
Its also "good policy" to blame someone else for your failures.
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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 06:24 AM
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Or more likely the Russian are making crappy spacecraft lately.

For us to knock out their launches we need to know where and when to aim our devices. Most of their failures seem to be right at launch (1st orbit). So unless they are providing us with the launch specifics we have no way of knowing when and where.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 06:45 AM
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It was likely us. Space denial is a military tactic. We have noTreaty to NOT mess around with each others satellites. Or deny space access...although it would be an act of war.


But what could Russia do about it? Nothing. They know we're trying to get them to start WWIII with us.

We just spent more money building hospitals in Georgia, the former Soviet Territory....than they spent making and launching that satellite.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 10:58 AM
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I call bull#. If we hit it with an anti satellite missile I think it would be in much smaller pieces. But if true maybe we don't want the Russians on mars for some reason



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 11:00 AM
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Not implying that the United States is above actions such as these, but I find our involvement unlikely as we are closely tied with Russia's space program and perform joint operations often. It would be close to sabotaging our own space exploration efforts if our government chose to interfere with Russian space missions in this way.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 12:18 PM
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Actually the recent string of failures is nothing new for Russia. They have had bad luck for anything mars related and there failure rate has always been really high compared to NASA's.

It's also always been there policy to blame someone else for there mistakes. The accusation is always made by someone like this guy a minor government functionary who is high enough up to give the story credence but low enough that the Russian government can disavow his actions if it becomes an international incident.

It's like a romance novel, change the names and the location but all the rest of the script stays the same.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 12:39 PM
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Russia has similiar systems like HAARP.Check Sura ionspheric station in Russia.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:01 PM
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Originally posted by Mkoll
I call bull#. If we hit it with an anti satellite missile I think it would be in much smaller pieces.




You use a laser to heat up 1 spot enough to cause a system failure but no physical damage. Heat and computers don't mix.

The atmosphere could have been modified with directional radio towers before it reached space....putting drag on the satellite before it could reach orbit.

You don't need missiles to make satellites worthless or to alter their attempt to reach orbit.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:07 PM
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Apparently this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Russians are disturbed that many of their space projects are going bad on what they call the Shady Side of the Earth which just happens to be the American side.


Shady side of Earth: Western trace in space probe’s failure?

Doomed Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, which was due to fulfill a Russian mission on one of the Red Planet’s moons, might have been a target of external influence. The probe failed while flying over the western hemisphere, outside of Russia’s control.
In an interview to the Russian newspaper Izvestia, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, said that intended influence on the probe cannot be completely excluded.

”I do not want to blame anyone, but these days there are very powerful means to influence space vehicles,” he told the newspaper, adding that it is still unclear why the probe’s engine failed to start in the first place.

The official also made a more generic allegation on possible reasons behind the accident with the probe station.

“We do not understand frequent failures of our space vehicles when they fly over the shadow, for Russia, part of the Earth,” Popovkin said. “Right there we are unable to see the vehicle and to receive its telemetry.”

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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:50 PM
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Russia has had 5 failures in 2011 with their missions and some happened just after launch. The political machine was blaming the space agency for a time because of shoddy work and an aging engineering staff.


Phobos-Grunt was one of five high-profile failures for the Russian space program in 2011. On Feb. 1, a Rockot launch vehicle failed to place an Earth-observing satellite in the proper orbit. A similar problem occurred on Aug. 18, when a Proton rocket delivered a $300 million communications satellite to the wrong orbit. Then, on Aug. 24, the unmanned Progress 44 supply ship crashed while making a cargo run to the International Space Station. Officials identified the cause as a problem in the third-stage engine of the vessel's Soyuz rocket.


source: www.space.com...

and another article of many about their failures recently.

brahmand.com...

It seems to be a lot of rocket engine failures during launch and in low orbit and not just craft over western territory. Looks like a blame game for shoddy work to throw the attention away from the real source of bad construction.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 02:57 PM
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I've mentioned on other threads that I think the x-37b is up there "nudging" satellites out of the sky.
It makes no sense that there have been more satellite's come down in the last 2 years than in the previous 20, coincidentally after we launched the first of these orbiters.
Peace



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 03:04 PM
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Originally posted by JJRichey
Or......... maybe a piece of space junk or a micrometeorite hit it? Satellites fail sometimes... maybe it was in a degraded orbit? Especially Russian ones, as of late
Its also "good policy" to blame someone else for your failures.
edit on 11-1-2012 by JJRichey because: (no reason given)


Remember in Starwars episode 2 when they realized that the "good " side /republic they were fighting for was actually building a huge military to go to war and take control and they realized that the leaders of the republic didn't have the best interest of the people and were actually the bad guys.....It kind of took them aback...almost shock at how they had been misled....


Now think about what has happened over the past 10-15 years......


If you can't figure it out then you should reeducated yourself.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 03:07 PM
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If the Russians were so advanced they would not really have problems like this would they.




This goes out to all the posters who think Russian tech is so great. I have news for ya there tech has never been and never will be ahead of the times.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 06:28 PM
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I've mentioned on other threads that I think the x-37b is up there "nudging" satellites out of the sky.
It makes no sense that there have been more satellite's come down in the last 2 years than in the previous 20, coincidentally after we launched the first of these orbiters.

Firstly even armature astronomers would notice xb37 getting close to another sat. It’s a slow process to rendezvous in orbit. You don’t sneak up and fly off in a couple of hours.

Second where is your source for more sats deorbiting in the past 2 years? Is this something you are making up?



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 07:00 PM
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I believe the altitude for sovereignty is still 90 miles, so regardless of the location of the attack, space belongs to whomever has the technology to dominate it. It may not be very civilized but it is the simple truth.

The error in the tactic is in assuming that the Russians will not be able to adapt to the technology thrown at them, which is highly questionable. Furthermore, the Russian have proven their willingness to attack American targets that the military has kept secret from the public, which makes disclosure impossible. It is the same old cold war games of the late 70’s and 80’s. Similar mistakes were made in the days of the chem. Laser development.

With the advent of attenuating reentry spheres, it is really hard to imagine any country willing to send up these antiquated satellite designs. Satellites need to be far more dynamic and resilient, with more effort going into the development of the vehicle, rather than just focusing on the mission package. Besides, the effectiveness of today’s transponders far exceed our needs, they can afford to focus their attention elsewhere.

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posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 08:03 PM
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Originally posted by samkent
Or more likely the Russian are making crappy spacecraft lately.

For us to knock out their launches we need to know where and when to aim our devices. Most of their failures seem to be right at launch (1st orbit). So unless they are providing us with the launch specifics we have no way of knowing when and where.


america tracks everything in space.
and they have a military space shuttle.
even a satellite could kill it.
just use a rail gun to fire at it.
and that is just a piece of metal.
nothing left to say who did it.
it would look like a small meteor.



posted on Jan, 11 2012 @ 08:23 PM
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It is strange, a lot of space vehicles are experiencing cataclysmic errors, all the time. some one may be taking pop shots.



posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 06:47 AM
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Furthermore, the Russian have proven their willingness to attack American targets that the military has kept secret from the public, which makes disclosure impossible.


The Russians have attacked us???????
Where?
When?



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