The Russian "saboteur" satellite is destroyed in space, according to the United States


In December 2013, Russia launched the military-grade Cosmos-2491 satellite into orbit, giving a minimum of details regarding its capabilities and mission, which led to speculation about its true purpose. This attracted increased attention among American scientists and amateurs trying to track its movement.


According to the US Air Force Project Space Track portal, ten fragments with the numbers 1329-1699 and 44912-44913, which are supposedly remnants of the Cosmos-44987 military satellite, were seen in orbit at an altitude of 44994 to 2491 km.

According to Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer Jonathan McDowell, the cause of the destruction of the device could be deliberate destruction, battery problems, or accidental collision with debris flying in space.

I am inclined to the option of an accident as a result of a collision, as I assume that the device has not been functioning for several years

- noted the scientist.

It was believed that Cosmos-2491 was part of the Level project, the implementation of which, as expected, involves the deployment of satellites capable of maneuvering, secretly inspecting or eliminating other vehicles, that is, engaged in reconnaissance and sabotage activities.

American observers believe that Russia has launched several more “saboteurs” satellites, including Cosmos-2499, Cosmos-2504, and Cosmos-2519. MacDowell explained that, in contrast to them, the destroyed Cosmos-2491 did not change its orbit and, apparently, completed its mission in 2014, continuing to remain there until its death.
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  1. WILL 13 January 2020 01: 59 New
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    The title of the article is simply mesmerizing! belay
    Well, then, presumably ... according to ... it was believed ... they think ... and apparently! laughing
    Well, just a wealth of information from a "reliable" source! no
    Gypsies - Fortunetellers, nervously smoking on the sidelines! crying
    1. Fat
      Fat 13 January 2020 02: 05 New
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      Quote: ANIMAL
      The title of the article is simply mesmerizing! belay
      Well, then, presumably ... according to ... it was believed ... they think ... and apparently! laughing
      Well, just a wealth of information from a "reliable" source! no
      Gypsies - Fortunetellers, nervously smoking on the sidelines! crying

      Cho smoke? I need this too! To kano .. kana ... and to shreds ... It's a shame
    2. Uncle lee 13 January 2020 02: 19 New
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      Quote: ANIMAL
      Article title

      Promising, but zero information! bully
    3. skif8013 13 January 2020 02: 32 New
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      Quote: ANIMAL
      The title of the article is simply mesmerizing! belay
      Well, then, presumably ... according to ... it was believed ... they think ... and apparently! laughing
      Well, just a wealth of information from a "reliable" source! no
      Gypsies - Fortunetellers, nervously smoking on the sidelines! crying

      including "Cosmos-2499", "Cosmos-2504" and "Cosmos-2519" and how many more spaces are there that we don’t know about ?!
      1. alexmach 13 January 2020 09: 06 New
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        But how many more spaces are there about which we don’t know ?!

        Apparently the goods are piece.
        1. skif8013 13 January 2020 10: 15 New
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          Quote: alexmach
          But how many more spaces are there about which we don’t know ?!

          Apparently the goods are piece.

          I don’t argue, but how many of these things I think they will not tell us.
          1. alexmach 13 January 2020 12: 32 New
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            Yes, as if all of Russia has about 150 devices. These are communication satellites, and "observers" -cartographers and some kind of scientific satellites. maybe 10 percent of this group is the "fighter".

            Of the total number of spacecraft of the Russian orbital grouping, more than 90 spacecraft operate in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense, that is, military spacecraft, and more than 60 spacecraft operate within the framework of the federal space program and in the interests of other ministries and departments
        2. Vol4ara 13 January 2020 11: 06 New
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          Quote: alexmach
          But how many more spaces are there about which we don’t know ?!

          Apparently the goods are piece.

          2519 minimum
          1. alexmach 13 January 2020 12: 33 New
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            2519 minimum

            In the entire history of Soviet and Russian cosmonautics?
            Now Russia has just over 150 satellites in total.
            1. slipped 13 January 2020 15: 25 New
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              Quote: alexmach
              Now Russia has just over 150 satellites in total.


              In order to increase their number, now the development of the landing is underway - new workshops are being built with stocks from manufacturers:



              and even new satellite manufacturing plants:



              and services for both launching and selling data:



              and the integration of spacecraft groupings into the Sphere system will increase their number to over 600 spacecraft for various applications.

            2. voyaka uh 13 January 2020 15: 39 New
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              The largest satellite operator in the world today is Comrade "con" Ilon Mask. laughing
              He has about 180 (in three launches of the same Falcon stage).
              It’s about to be launched, a trickster, to launch 120 per month during 2020. The first portion (60) has already gone into orbit.
              Not enough to him 300,000 sold in 2019 Tesla Model-3. Also space climbs! am
              1. slipped 13 January 2020 16: 14 New
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                Quote: voyaka uh
                The largest satellite operator in the world today is Comrade "con" Ilon Mask. He has about 180 (in three launches of the same Falcon stage)


                You can add highly specialized communication satellites the size of our satellite "Messenger". On which the crowd of astrophysicists took up arms - they seriously interfere with conducting scientific work.

                The largest operator is Planet Labs.
                1. voyaka uh 13 January 2020 16: 57 New
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                  "On which the crowd of astrophysicists took up arms" ///
                  ---
                  Astrophysicists were warned about the avalanche-like growth of Earth satellites 20 years ago. But astronomers did not believe then. Mobile communications and the Internet were still in the diaper.
                  All Musk can do is paint the satellites in black, which does not reflect light. Which he did. A pair of satellites in the last turn painted in black. For check.
                  1. slipped 13 January 2020 17: 14 New
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                    Quote: voyaka uh
                    Astrophysicists have been warned ....


                    Astrophysicists - they are harmless learned people: "stars-planets, photons-protons" every entrenched businessman tries to offend them. laughing
                    1. voyaka uh 13 January 2020 18: 12 New
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                      But this learned people enjoys using the Internet, BIGDATA, "clouds" and supercomputers, which are developed by presumptuous businessmen from California.
                      Nobody wants to continue calculations on logo lines smile
                      1. slipped 13 January 2020 19: 18 New
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                        Quote: voyaka uh
                        But this learned people enjoys using the Internet


                        and without thousands of satellites in orbit, is it? laughing
                      2. voyaka uh 13 January 2020 19: 35 New
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                        Bell came up with a telephone connection not to make mankind happy, but to get rich. So is cable internet and satellite communications. Google and Yandex also did not create philanthropists. Merchants become billionaires, but create certain conveniences for everyone.
                      3. slipped 13 January 2020 22: 32 New
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                        Quote: voyaka uh
                        Merchants become billionaires, but create certain conveniences for everyone.


                        or not convenience, as is the case with astrophysicists
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                2. alexmach 13 January 2020 18: 24 New
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                  Astrophysicists - they are harmless learned people: "stars-planets, photons-protons" every entrenched businessman tries to offend them. laughing

                  So soon we should expect significant progress in the field of signal processing in astrophysics.
  2. axiles100682 13 January 2020 10: 19 New
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    How much already this scrap metal flies there, both ours and not ours. belay Periodically spontaneously fall and collapses. Why do not spent satellites take orbit and drown?
    1. alexmach 13 January 2020 14: 21 New
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      Why do not spent satellites take orbit and drown?

      Because they already "worked out" and the teams do not execute? But in general, by reason of mind, they can be put into orbit with which, over time, with the engine turned off, it will descend and burn out in the atmosphere. In general, they do so as far as I know.
    2. voyaka uh 13 January 2020 17: 01 New
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      "Why do not spent satellites take orbit and drown?" ///
      ----
      They didn’t think about it before. There were few satellites. Now, for example, SpaceX StarLink satellites have a forced descent from orbit when a satellite fails (or takes out).
      Spent / deteriorated - immediately burned out.
      1. alexmach 13 January 2020 18: 25 New
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        Spent / deteriorated - immediately burned out.

        For 2,5 years.
  • siberalt 13 January 2020 02: 48 New
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    An article from the series "Army fables". And as soon as they saw the serial numbers on each of the ten fragments? winked
    1. Starover_Z 13 January 2020 03: 41 New
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      Quote: siberalt
      An article from the series "Army fables". And as soon as they saw the serial numbers on each of the ten fragments? winked

      in orbit at an altitude of 1329 to 1699 km, ten fragments were observed with the numbers 44912-44913 and 44987-44994 assigned to them

      All detected space objects are assigned numbers entered in astronomical catalogs. Well it is, note.
      But in general, let them guess what kind of spacecraft it was and what its purpose was.
      1. rich 13 January 2020 08: 40 New
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        ANIMAL (Alexey Alexandrovich) : The title of the article is simply mesmerizing! belay Well, then

        Well, then it doesn’t matter. The main thing is that the title of the article bewitching. People picks sad
        1. dSK
          dSK 13 January 2020 10: 48 New
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          Boeing X-37. States have gone far ahead in these technologies and have a huge advantage. In Russia, here "even the horse did not roll."
          1. Lord of the Sith 13 January 2020 13: 05 New
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            Was it personally in Roscosmos or NASA that you were told? laughing
          2. slipped 13 January 2020 15: 42 New
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            Quote: dsk
            In Russia, here "even the horse did not roll."


            The X-37 is an expensive toy for the U.S. Air Force - a normal returnable vehicle for technological operations in space. The only difference from the Bion-Photon series domestic descent satellites is that it can be in orbit for a long time and carries out descent on wings, and not with a parachute. In our case, now the first one is leveled by a long technological exposure metering of materials on the outer surface of the ISS RS. And the closest Bion-M No. 2 flies here in a year.



            Using this platform is much cheaper, but the result is the same.
            1. Boa kaa 13 January 2020 23: 48 New
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              Quote: slipped
              The X-37 is an expensive toy for the U.S. Air Force - a normal returnable vehicle for technological operations in space.

              Colleague, well, not really like that!
              Reusable spacecraft X-37. Its capabilities are not officially announced, but he can launch satellites, change orbit and carry reconnaissance equipment. The possibility of landing with a cargo means that it can even steal other people's satellites.
              But in a peaceful environment, such an action cannot be hidden, and it will cause an international scandal. Therefore, the X-37 so far only "inspects" the spacecraft. But on occasion, it can load BB and other "toys" for adult uncles.
              1. slipped 14 January 2020 00: 25 New
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                Quote: BoA KAA
                Colleague, well, not really like that!


                Really? laughing

                Quote: BoA KAA
                Reusable spacecraft X-37. Its features are not officially announced


                Well, the military.

                Quote: BoA KAA
                but he can launch satellites,


                Surprisingly, an ordinary rocket has been able to do this since 1957. laughing

                Quote: BoA KAA
                change orbit


                Many satellites can do this.

                Quote: BoA KAA
                and carry intelligence equipment.


                Know comments. bully

                Quote: BoA KAA
                The possibility of landing with a cargo means that he can even steal someone else's companions. [/ I] [/ b]


                Already abducted a lot? lol

                Quote: BoA KAA
                But in a peaceful environment, such an action cannot be hidden, and it will cause an international scandal.


                BUT...

                Quote: BoA KAA
                Therefore, the X-37 so far only "inspects" the spacecraft.


                What kind? hanging on its orbit and observed from Earth. And inspectors are other spacecraft.

                Quote: BoA KAA
                But on occasion, it can load BB and other "toys" for adult uncles.


                BB and "other toys" can be downloaded to "Progress", if desired. Question - what for? laughing

                The devil is not so terrible as his boss.
            2. voyaka uh 15 January 2020 00: 38 New
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              "X-37 - this is an expensive toy for the US Air Force - the usual returnable device for technological operations in space." ////
              ----
              Green grape type comment. smile
              X-37 - continuation of the Shuttle program in an unmanned version.
              And compared to it, Bion-Photon ... like the first airplanes compared to a jet.
              Parachute descent - the last stage of astronautics.
              In the 21st century they are planted either in an airplane or on their own exhaust, like Falcons
              (and the rest are in development: the Chinese, Bezos ...).
              1. slipped 15 January 2020 02: 33 New
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                Quote: voyaka uh
                X-37 - continuation of the Shuttle program in an unmanned version.


                "Who are you? Eagle! Why so small? I’m sick ...." laughing The shuttle was closed for reasons of unprofitability. And the military budget can be cut without harm to health.

                Quote: voyaka uh
                And compared to it, Bion-Photon ... like the first airplanes compared to a jet.


                Well, if the first airplanes and jets fly at the same speed, along the same route and carry the same load, then what for a goat button accordion? laughing

                Quote: voyaka uh
                Parachute descent - the last stage of astronautics.


                Give parachute-jet - some advantages and practicality. laughing The PTK NP is just that.

                Quote: voyaka uh
                In the 21st century they are planted either in an airplane or on their own exhaust, like the Falcons (and the rest are in development: the Chinese, Bezos ...).


                Oh, you’re lying. MS Union, Shenzhou, New Shepard, Starliner, Dragon, future Gaganyan .. next list? laughing

                Returning by parachute is just one way to land and that's it. Like the return on the wings.
                1. voyaka uh 15 January 2020 12: 41 New
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                  "The shuttle was closed for reasons of unprofitability" ////
                  ---
                  All space programs are unprofitable.
                  In addition to the Falcon-9 project, which was a plus.
                  Shuttle shut down due to disaster with human casualties.
                  1. slipped 15 January 2020 16: 19 New
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                    Quote: voyaka uh
                    Shuttle shut down due to disaster with human casualties.


                    This also contributed to the closure, but it was the military who began to finance this program, and as soon as it was abandoned in 1985, as it didn’t meet their expectations, it was transferred to NASA, which had been pulling for a short time - for five years and in the early 90s they tried to cover it up and had it not been for the Gor-Chernomyrdin commission that launched the MIR-Shuttle, the latter would not have existed for three decades.
  • Victor_B 13 January 2020 02: 01 New
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    What is the article about?
    That we have satellites - inspectors, and is that good?
    Or that one satellite collapsed and is it bad?
    Or that Americans don’t like all this and it’s bad / good?
    What conclusion?
    1. slipped 13 January 2020 02: 16 New
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      Quote: Victor_B
      What conclusion?


      "Faded, fuel spent,
      All fell apart
      But our two crazy brothers
      picked up by the fishermen! " laughing
      1. bessmertniy 13 January 2020 09: 41 New
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        Sorry for the bird! crying
  • slipped 13 January 2020 02: 01 New
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    horror-horror, in the photo in the title by the way, "Canopus-V", the Russian civilian remote sensing apparatus. laughing

    1. region58 13 January 2020 03: 34 New
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      Quote: slipped
      pictured in title

      So there are no real photos. Which is not surprising. Walking on the Internet picture:

      but this is still a development of the USSR.
      Some details can be read here:
      https://vpk.name/news/280264_kosmicheskie_protivosputnikovye_programmy_cniihm.html
      or here:
      https://www.thespacereview.com/article/3709/1
      And bourgeois publication, in my opinion, appeared earlier.
      Quote: Balu
      I did not change the orbit, I behaved decently

      That's the thing that changed. What pretty unnerved our "incredible partners." yes
      1. region58 13 January 2020 03: 46 New
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        Quote: region58
        So there are no real photos.

        Of course not in space photographs, but at least some sort.
      2. Abbot 13 January 2020 04: 05 New
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        Quote: region58
        So there are no real photos. Which is not surprising. Walks on the internet picture

        Yes, what is there - this killer satellite. From the secret archives, by the way.

        1. slipped 13 January 2020 16: 40 New
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          Oops, the photo in the title was changed to the rigging node of the ISS AS. lol But in the network there is "almost a photo" of this "killer satellite."
  • NEXUS 13 January 2020 02: 05 New
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    While spaceships plow the expanses of the universe ...
  • Baloo 13 January 2020 02: 24 New
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    I did not change the orbit, I behaved decently .... Chubais is to blame for everything.
  • eklmn 13 January 2020 04: 08 New
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    For the curious:
    Google did not give any info in English about the destroyed satellite Cosmos-2491. Regarding the satellite itself, there is info with the dates 2017/18, no further. About the destroyed satellite, all finds are only in Russian, about 10 sources. Featured is the name of MIT astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who wrote about this on his Facebook page.
    Total - Russia's search engine is stronger than Google. And even if the information about the destroyed satellite is true, then how much more interesting and interesting information will be served by our favorite media, reading our pages on social networks!
    Make popcorn ...!
  • Vladimir_2U 13 January 2020 04: 41 New
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    The cause of the destruction of the device could be deliberate destruction, a battery malfunction or an accidental collision with debris flying in space.
    I’m interested in the music from the X-Files, why is the version of alien intervention not considered ?!
  • antivirus 13 January 2020 05: 19 New
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    To the Throne of Forces through the stellar vestibules,
    And the royal flight was beautiful

    SPACE UNDER US or under them
  • Thrifty 13 January 2020 05: 32 New
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    He was in orbit with an American spy satellite. wassat . Tore each other to pieces lol !!!
    1. Vasyan1971 13 January 2020 08: 16 New
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      Quote: Thrifty
      Tore each other to pieces !!!

      An option that treacherously tore our not considered? The debris of someone else's not seen ...
  • rotmistr60 13 January 2020 06: 19 New
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    I am inclined to the option ... as I guess ...
    You can lean (deviate) in any direction as much as possible, but generally assume from a breadth of imagination. I suppose that sooner or later, but the United States itself will sit in one place in the sea of ​​mud that is being poured on Russia today. You might think that the Americans in space are exclusively weather satellites and communication satellites.
  • Vasyan1971 13 January 2020 08: 13 New
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    According to Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer Jonathan McDowell, the cause of the destruction of the device could be deliberate destruction, battery problems, or accidental collision with debris flying in space.

    In short, the vegetable vegetable knows him. But what exactly is a "saboteur" is unique! He didn’t admire spiers there!
  • Shaman 13 January 2020 10: 37 New
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    And not far two cosmodiversants Petrov and Bashirov sailed, admiring the cosmic landscapes.
    1. ydjin 14 January 2020 13: 56 New
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      Steal satellites from orbit? But what if the self-liquidator is there?
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    1. slipped 15 January 2020 03: 17 New
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      Fiasco Nord Stream 2 dropped the value of Gazprom by $ 3,5 billion


      Wai, me ... "Turkish Stream" and "Power of Siberia" - no, not in the know laughing

      And on the topic that is what to say? laughing

      I have - I can demonstrate to you our new geostationary communications satellite, which we, paired with another of the same in March, launch:



      will you continue to worry about Gazprom?
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    I bought it for the headline. In general, there is a clear trend. Since 60-70% read only the headlines, a persistent negative background-setting is created, everything is bad with us. We are processed according to the canons of NLP.