Smooth move, Vlad

Russian jackasses destroyed one of their own defunct satellites with a conventional-warhead
A-235 Nudol ground-launched direct-asscent anti-satellite weapon (DA-ASAT), Monday

Now, there are thousands of pieces of debris speeding around in low-Earth orbit,
endangering the crewed ISS and Tiangong stations and other satellites


Note: switched videos due to availability
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Story 1
Story 2
Historical tidbit (Chinese ASAT 2007)
Historical tidbit (Russian-made hole in the ISS)
A-235 DA-ASAT

3 Comments!

  1. Blair
    Posted November 16, 2021 at 2:49 pm |

    I’m always amused by the idea of space junk as this ongoing danger in space. The area around the earth’s atmosphere is ridiculously large. You’ve got more chance of finding a golf ball dropped at random somewhere in the Sahara desert while walking across it that the odds of anything hitting anything else in the earth’s orbit. Even if you assumed that every manmade object in space was at the same precise exact altitude, the odds still remain microscopic.

  2. DougM (just entertaining myself here)
    Posted November 16, 2021 at 7:55 pm |

    ^ Probability of an impact is small, but non-zero.
    Damage could be catastrophic,
    and the threat will exist for years

    It falls into the category: “Oh, please don’t do that”

  3. Kristophr
    Posted November 19, 2021 at 8:21 pm |

    The US Navy, Air Force, and the British Navy have been poking at Crimea for months now, playing chicken with the Russian Navy and airforce. The US Navy is trying to get Bulgaria and Romania to let them have a Black Sea naval base.

    This is Putin saying “Nice multi-billion dollar space satellites you got there … be a shame if something were to happen to them.”