Skip to comments.Russian Satellite Hit by Debris from Chinese Anti-Satellite Test
Posted on 03/12/2013 10:19:44 AM PDT by oxcart
A small Russian spacecraft in orbit appears to have been struck by Chinese space junk from a 2007 anti-satellite test, likely damaging the Russian craft, possibly severely, SPACE.com has learned.
The space collision appears to have occurred on Jan. 22, when a chunk of China's Fengyun 1C satellite, which was intentionally destroyed by that country in a 2007 anti-satellite demonstration, struck the Russian spacecraft, according to an analysis by the Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
CSSI technical program manager T.S. Kelso reported that the collision involved the Chinese space junk and Russia's small Ball Lens In The Space (BLITS) retroreflector satellite, a 17-pound (7.5 kilograms). The Fengyun 1C satellite debris was created during China's anti-satellite test on Jan. 11, 2007, and has posed a threat to satellites and crewed spacecraft ever since.
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HE HE HE!:-)!
"Russia, you gonna let this punk get away with that? What's the world coming to?"
"THAT'S what the world's coming to."
I think the intent of the Chinese test was to demonstrate the willingness to create an orbital crap cloud, not that they could destroy a satelite.
Given our work on particle beam and laser technology, its likely that we have a non-kinetic ability to blind or physically disable satelites.
I think the Chinese were just sending a message that they were willing to poison all the water, if we deprived them of theirs.
Kind of like the ‘old Hollywood’ joke about children,.
Lot of noise from the other room and Husband looks at Wife and says
“What is all that noise and racket going on”
“YOUR kids and MY kids are fighting with OUR kids”.
I remember that. The difference between that and the Chinese intercept was that we made the intercept on a degraded orbit and brought the missile down from above against the direction of orbit, which had the net effect of putting all the debris into a rapidly degrading orbit. It was all gone within a few weeks if not days.
For satellites in higher orbit, disabling them in place, without forming a debris field would be best.
ooops.....an old Soyuz capsule just crashed into Mao’s tomb? So sorry!!
What goes around comes around! ;-)
"I may not be fast, but I get there in the end"