Skip to comments.Russian company eyes offensive military satellite
Posted on 02/20/2010 1:25:37 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Leading Russian spacecraft producer Energia has presented a concept of a universal military satellite with offensive capabilities.
The 20-ton orbiter with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years would be powered by a 150 to 500 kilowatt nuclear reactor and will be able to monitor territories and airspace, provide informational superiority including in armed conflicts and perform target designation and traffic control. It will also be offensive-capable, said Energia head Vitaly Lopota, as cited by ITAR-TASS news agency.
He did not specify what offensive capabilities the satellite would have; whether it will be able to target other spacecraft, ground targets, or both.
The concept goes against Russias voiced intention to keep space an arms-free zone. However, with several nations believed to be actively pursuing space-based or anti-satellite weapons, Energias design may find support among the countrys leadership
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ok a small nuclear reactor with a 10 yr lifespan if things go well.
What happens then? Do they de-orbit the platform and hopefully land it in a proper disposal site?
Destroy it upon launch... they will never be able to prove it... we have the tools.