US says it ‘won’t tolerate’ Russia’s ‘reckless and dangerous’ anti-satellite missile test

The US strongly condemned a Russian anti-satellite test on Monday November 15, that forced crew members on the International Space Station to scramble into their spacecraft for safety, calling it “a reckless and dangerous act” and saying that it “won’t tolerate” behaviour that puts international interests at risk.

US Space Command said Russia tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite, or DA-ASAT missile, striking a Russian satellite and creating a debris field in low-Earth orbit of more than 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris that is also likely to generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris. US officials emphasized the long-term dangers and potential global economic fallout from the Russian test, which has created hazards for satellites that provide people around the world with phone and broadband service, weather forecasting, GPS systems which underpin aspects of the financial system, including bank machines, as well in-flight entertainment and satellite radio and television.

This week Russia tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon and intentionally destroyed one of its own defunct satellites. The impact left behind hundreds of thousands of debris objects that now pose a risk to the International Space Station.

“Even though we know they have this capability, we were shocked that they chose to test it as they did,”

said Kaitlyn Johnson, deputy director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

 “The things rumbling around my mind are: Why now? What is this tied to? What message are they trying to send?”

she said. Russian military doctrine indicates they view space as critical to modern warfare – they believe they can use counterspace capabilities to reduce US effectiveness for winning a war.

Russia is preparing for war as the Bible said they would – even in the heavens….

“‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. (Ezekiel 38:7-8 NLT)

Andy Walton

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The US has condemned Russia for conducting a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile test that it says endangered the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The test blew up one of Russia’s own satellites, creating debris that forced the ISS crew to shelter in capsules. The station currently has seven crew members on board – four Americans, a German and two Russians.

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