Russia stopped the destruction

The whole thing has a little sci-fi film flavor: Somewhere Gravity with George Clooney and The Death Star, Star Wars style. And, of course, this tempts Putin to cast as the big bad, Darth Vader du Jur.

What happened? Russia, after hours of denial, finally acknowledged it: it shot down an old satellite. And more than that 1500 ruins A bunch of bombs have been found thrown into space. About the height of the orbits of the space stations, about 400 km above our heads: the International ISS and the new Chinese station. And the threat posed by these debris can last for years.

The immediate and understandable anger of the United States and, more broadly, of the West.

To view this Twitter content, you must accept cookies Social communication.

These cookies enable you to directly share or respond to the social networks you are connected to, or integrate content that is initially posted on these social networks. They also allow social networks to use your visits to our sites and applications for personalization and advertising purposes.


“It’s an irresponsible act.”

NATO chief says. “We are outraged by this destabilizing activity,” the NASA chief added. French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parley has condemned the “space thief”. And it’s true: It’s dangerous and annoying, like a new battlefield over our heads. I’m telling you: Star Wars.

A military “BJU”

But it’s still a little easier to criticize Moscow, even though they set fire and take a moment to admit, like a child stuck in a jar of jam. Except that Seen from Moscow, the operation was “a success.”. This is the term used by the Russian Ministry of Defense. And for good reason: from a strictly military point of view, this mission has been accomplished. Russian Minister Sergei Shoigu has even spoken of a “gem”.

Why? Because technically, it’s a breakthrough. Moscow has tested its noodle system: a surface-to-air missile, possibly an S600 type, launched into space to launch a satellite. In this case an old satellite of 1982 is now unused, model Selina D.

L.Russia has just demonstrated the ability to reach very fast moving objects from the ground in the orbit of a major spy or communications satellite.. While waiting for another expansive firing system from space, which can target higher orbits, for example GPS satellites. So yes, it is a military achievement for Moscow, which considers the risks posed by the wreckage to be very limited. In this case, we are not forced to believe them.

Russia, however, has made another argument: He was not the first to test such a missile launch into a satellite. The United States did this in early 2008. China and India also tried. So as seen from Moscow, the green wooden volley launched from the west has all the hypocrisy.

Call a foot for discussion

Clearly, all of this shows just how disturbing it is to be on our heads. And this is an indirect feature of this episode: it highlights the need to take a break from it This is the space war that has already begun.

Because, don’t get me wrong, it’s already started.

  • More than 2,600 satellites orbit our heads, including many spies and tiny satellites that are suspected of being able to jam the sensors of rival satellites.
  • The Americans are already running simulation chases into satellites, as shown by the special site Breaking Defense.
  • Washington is building a space drone project that raises many questions.
  • Last spring French army For the first time simulated space warfare, in a dubbed operation, Aster X.

Examples can be multiplied.

And so we can see in this Russian shot, A form of footwear for discussion. Not just the re-establishment of a kind of hotline between major capitals during the Cold War. But get involved in real discussions Not just on waste management, but more generally on space disarmament, such as during the missile crisis in Europe in the 1980s.

For that, It is still necessary that everyone consider space as the “common good of humanity.”. Russia is not alone in wanting to make the place its personal garden. China is no exception. And the United States is: neither their billionaire à La Elon Musk, nor their political leaders (for example, Donald Trump has always refused to qualify for a place as a common good).

In short, Darth Vader and Dr. Strangelav, not only in Moscow.

To view this Twitter content, you must accept cookies Social communication.

These cookies enable you to directly share or respond to the social networks you are connected to, or integrate content that is initially posted on these social networks. They also allow social networks to use your visits to our sites and applications for personalization and advertising purposes.


Leave a Comment