Putting it on a ‘watchlist’ will not make the problem go away, nor defend anything. As mentioned in a post just yeseterday, they’re likely camouflaging themselves in space junk and now that seems to be the case. The Chinese have already launched satellites with robotic arms. The United States is seemingly at its highest point of vulnerability in its entire history.
A STRANGE new Russian satellite has the US and NATO nervous: It’s not doing what satellites normally do, sparking fears it is really a secret “star wars” killer.
When originally launched back in May, Western observers thought the strange signal in orbit was simply some wayward debris from a normally scheduled Russian military rocket launch.
Perhaps they were supposed to.
But now, it’s shifting orbits. It’s under power, and its purpose remains unknown.
It’s now high on the NORAD — North American space defence command — watchlist for suspicious objects. They designated it 39765.
The Russians call it Kosmos 2499. NATO named it Object 2014-28E.
It’s not the first new Russian satellite to behave strangely.
In December last year, a Russian booster publicly deploying three new communications satellites was tracked secretly launching a fourth.
As with Object 2014-28E, it was initially thought to be yet another piece of potentially dangerous space junk. Then it started moving.
But the new satellite has been tracked more closely. It was seen following a peculiar, but very precise, series of course changes across the skies.
After undergoing this series of orbital shifts, it moved back to rendezvous with the launch module which carried it into space.
“Whatever it is, [Object 2014-28E] looks experimental,” think-tank Chatham House expert in space security Patricia Lewis told the Financial Times
“It could have a number of functions, some civilian and some military. One possibility is for some kind of grabber bar. Another would be kinetic pellets which shoot out at another satellite. Or possibly there could be a satellite-to-satellite cyber-attack or jamming.”
Full article: Mysterious Russian satellite, Object 2014-28E, raises fears we may be on the edge of a space arms race (news.com.au)