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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 4:20 p.m. PST

"A common refrain in the space policy community is that ‘space is contested, congested and competitive'. The ‘contested' aspect was demonstrated recently when two Russian intelligence –collection satellites closed in on, and trailed, a top-secret U.S. KH-11 reconnaissance satellite.

It's like something out of a technothriller novel, but it's not fiction. Russia launched the Cosmos-2542 satellite on 25 November 2019 from its spaceport in Plesetsk using a Soyuz-2-1V rocket. The satellite is classed as a 14F150 Napryazhenie geodetic satellite and is part of Moscow's ‘Nivelir-ZU' (14K167) project for undertaking geodetic studies of earth's gravitational field to enhance guidance of long-range ballistic missiles. The satellite is designed as a multi-purpose system that can also perform a ‘satellite inspector' role. The Russian defence ministry acknowledged this as far back as August 2017…."
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2020 8:42 p.m. PST

Sounds like fun.

What can possibly go wrong?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2020 11:30 a.m. PST



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