Maneuvering Russian Satellite Has Everyone’s Attention


WASHINGTON – A Russian military satellite launched in March has made at least 11 close approaches to the rocket upper stage that released it into orbit, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force.

Such maneuvering capability is consistent with, but not necessarily indicative of, an on-orbit anti-satellite weapon.

Air Force officials previously said they were closely watching the satellite, and independent space tracking experts and policy analysts have joined the vigil. The maneuvers started in April, and the most recent occurred in early July, experts said, adding that in at least one case the satellite appears to have nudged the upper stage to a higher orbit. Continue reading

Russia plans 11 Proton-M rocket launches in 2015 — source

“The launch of the Inmarsat-5F2 communications satellite is to be the first — on January 30,” a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS

MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Russia plans 11 launches of the Proton-M carrier rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2015, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Thursday. Continue reading