US accuses Russia of ‘dangerous’ anti-satellite weapon test

11:35, 16 November 2021
US accuses Russia of ‘dangerous’ anti-satellite weapon test Photo: NASA

The US officials said that The Russian anti-satellite weapon test posed a threat to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).

“Earlier today, the Russian Federation recklessly conducted a destructive satellite test of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite missile against one of its own satellites,"  US State Department's spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.

Price added that the Russian anti-satellite missile has created over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.

He promised that Washington will work with partners and allies to respond to the "irresponsible action of the Russian Federation." 

Moscow hasn’t provided any comments on the statement of the US State Department.

The Russian Space Agency said on Monday that the ISS crew took refuge in the Soyuz and Crew Dragon spacecraft due to the threat of collision with space debris.

To date, there are seven astronauts on the ISS, including NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov aNS the newly arrived Crew 3 mission team, NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer.

Earlier, the Russian military officially announced that Russia was developing weapons capable of striking satellites.

On July 3, 2020, the Russian commander-in-chief of the Aerospace Forces Sergei Surovikin said that the new S-500 Prometheus air defense system would be able to destroy satellites and hypersonic weapons in near space.