July 25, 2020

Mystery Russian projectile raises fears of arms race in space

Washington (AFP) – The United States this week accused Russia of having tested an anti-satellite weapon in space, a charge Moscow has denied, saying the device was a “special instrument” for inspecting orbiting Russian equipment.Whatever it was, the incident marks for Washington a rare military escalation in space.The ability of one satellite to attack another was until now merely theoretical. The United States, Russia, China and, since 2019, India, have been able to target satellites with Earth-launched projectiles, but these explosions create millions of pieces of debris in orbit, prompting …

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