Russian satellite test had ‘the characteristics of a weapon’, says UK | UK News

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The head of British space programs has publicly criticized Russia for a test launch of a satellite “with the characteristics of a weapon”.

In an unusual intervention, Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth said Russia’s actions could “threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and aircraft. space systems on which the world depends ”.

In a tweet, he said he called on Russia to avoid further such tests.

Sky News defense correspondent Alistair Bunkall said: “Apparently Russia has fired ‘a projectile’ from one of its satellites at another Russian-owned satellite.

“It is a step towards the militarization of space.

“If a country can shoot down / deactivate its own satellite, it can obviously do the same with an enemy. ”

The object was put into orbit from Cosmos 2543, which Russia considers an “inspector satellite”. This is not the first time that Russia has carried out such a test, and there are fears that Moscow will develop a space weapon.

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