New Star Wars Truth and Fiction about Anti-satellite Weapons


Cosmonautics is an area where Russia and the United States cooperate relatively successfully. But this does not mean that the two states coexist peacefully in space. Moscow and Washington not only cooperate, but also compete. Moreover, it is possible that the rivals are preparing for the forceful version of the development of events - for new "star wars".


US anti-satellite unmanned spaceship


The other day, the US Department of Defense announced the launch of the reusable space drones (space planes) X-37B. The Atlas V rocket launches it in orbit. It was stated that the objective of this program is to provide unlimited flight time for satellites and orbital drones by converting the energy of the Sun into other types of energy.

And although the development of the device has been carried out since 1999 under the auspices of NASA and Boeing, many believe that the project is intended for military needs, and work on it is being commissioned by the Pentagon. Moreover, its real goal is to create an anti-satellite weapons. And when in 2004 the program was classified, no one left any doubt that this was a defense project.

An unmanned spaceship will have to inspect enemy satellites. And if necessary, destroy them with anti-satellite weapons or repel an attack of the same enemy apparatus.

The American space drone is successfully conducting a test program, having completed five successful test flights since 2010, the last of which lasted as long as 780 days.

New Star Wars Truth and Fiction about Anti-satellite Weapons


And it is no coincidence that right now the United States decided to create Space Forces, which will be formed by mid-2020. It is assumed that the X-37B spaceship will soon go into service with a new kind of US Army troops.

Russian roots of the American space drone


It is assumed that a similar program has been worked in the USSR since the 60-70s of the last century. The MiG Design Bureau was engaged in it under the direction of Artem Mikoyan, and the program itself was called the Spiral. Soviet specialists were already preparing to launch the project.

They planned to deliver the spacecraft into orbit with the help of the Soyuz launch vehicle. The device was called "Product 105-11". Initially, they were going to use an aircraft to accelerate the apparatus, which would move at a speed of 6-8 Machs. We even thought about developing an aircraft specifically for this program. In the tests of “Products 105-11”, a Tu-95KM aircraft was used for launch.

The head of the Soviet defense department, Andrei Grechko, who was a fairly conservative person, considered the development frivolous and fantastic, so she was covered up.

Later minister aviation USSR industry Ivan Silaev, having familiarized himself with the details of the Soviet anti-satellite project in 1984, said that the program was ahead of its time by about 50 years.

Perhaps this is a coincidence, but the shape of the fairing of Product 105-11 was surprisingly embodied today in the American space drone X-37B. By the way, it can also be observed with the reusable space shuttle "Buran". There was a data leak, or developers from the USA independently came to the same conclusions as Soviet designers, it's hard to say. It is only known that the Americans knew about our space project and carefully watched it. And now Russia will have to catch up with the United States, which has gone far ahead in the development of anti-satellite weapons. Although it may not be necessary.

Russian destroyer of satellites


In the United States put forward a number of versions on the verge of fiction, telling about the active development of anti-satellite weapons by Russia. In particular, the National Interest recently published an opinion on this issue by American analyst Bert Hendrix, who specializes in the study of Soviet and Russian space projects.

Hendricks claims that Russia is successfully working on the Petrel anti-satellite program. The Russian complex consists of miniature "predatory" satellites equipped with weapons and an accelerating engine. The first launch stage is the MiG-31BM fighter-interceptor. Miniature satellites, according to the American expert, will be able to attack the enemy spacecraft and disable it.


As one of the proofs of his version, Hendrix shows a photo of a Russian aircraft with an unknown rocket suspended under the fuselage. The American concluded that the rocket is too large to be classified as air-to-air or air-to-surface. Therefore, he decided that this is the anti-satellite weapon. He also drew attention to the Russian tests of small inspection satellites conducted since 2013, which should approach the spacecraft and examine them for damage. Hendricks suggested that these mini-satellites did not have “humanitarian” tasks at all.

It is difficult to say what information about the creation of anti-satellite weapons in Russia and the United States is reliable, and which one belongs to the category of assumptions. But, no doubt, in both countries the development of space technology pursues not only civilian, but also military, offensive goals. Indeed, in a modern war, the failure of several key satellites could well paralyze the enemy’s activity on land, in the sky and at sea, turn even the most advanced missiles into blinded blanks.
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  1. iouris 19 May 2020 18: 09 New
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    It is known that both the MiG-31 and Su-27 at the time when Gorbi began to destroy the USSR, were carriers of anti-satellite missiles and had the appropriate equipment.
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 40 New
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      Cosmonautics is an area where Russia and the United States cooperate relatively successfully. But this does not mean that the two states coexist peacefully in space. Moscow and Washington not only cooperate, but also compete. Moreover, it is possible that the rivals are preparing for the forceful version of the development of events - for new "star wars".

      one thing comes to mind: .. "I love you, but with a strange love ..." Lermontov, our ...
      1. military_cat 19 May 2020 21: 50 New
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        reusable space drones (space planes) X-37B. The Atlas V rocket is launching it into orbit.

        ON OUR RD-180 flew! Russia will win the Star Wars with one click - stop selling engines. And before the mattresses the whole question will arise: are they ready to enter the war on the launch services of their fraudster and quack.
        1. Blackmokona 19 May 2020 23: 01 New
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          The Pentagon has already launched the X-37B on the Falcon-9 rocket successfully
          1. military_cat 20 May 2020 08: 36 New
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            Do not confuse a successful adventure at a time when reliable Russian engines are in stock, just in case, and the readiness to enter into "Star Wars" without any insurance.
            1. Blackmokona 20 May 2020 11: 28 New
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              What is another successful adventure? It is on Falcon-9 that American astronauts will fly this month
        2. Andrei Nikolaevich 20 May 2020 22: 30 New
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          It is a pity that at one time, Lavrenty Palych did not reach Werner von Braun. Americans would remain without space. Or we would have been caught up in 50 years
    2. KCA
      KCA 19 May 2020 18: 42 New
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      It is known that the MIG-31 was the carrier of the anti-satellite missile and it was in a single copy, and the missile was under development and testing, and the MIG-31D remained in Kazakhstan, but rumors began to appear that the MIG-31D had flown in Kazakhstan, and we had MIG-31 with some mock missiles incomprehensible fly
    3. Hermit21 20 May 2020 10: 33 New
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      In which of the parallel worlds? In our Su-27 family, such an opportunity has never been announced, and with the MiG-31 there were several test launches
    4. Ascetic 22 May 2020 21: 18 New
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      Quote: iouris
      anti-satellite missiles

      Outfit project catch-up in orbit Cosmos-2521 "and" Cosmos-2523 "this is enough for now ... In the future, the orbital complex .... well, let's call Review.
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  3. engineer74 19 May 2020 18: 11 New
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    Thoughtful speculation about speculation is great stuff! wassat
    1. YOUR 20 May 2020 04: 58 New
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      Exactly. Thoughtful reasoning about nothing. Neither the performance characteristics of the missiles, nor at least some reasoning at what altitudes can be destroyed by the satellite with these anti-satellite missiles. Here, some have already waved and the GPS is destroyed with the click of a finger. So for a moment, a circular orbit of 20 km. Really possible destruction of satellites only in MIDDLE space. The main anti-satellite weapons are viruses, electronic interference, and not rockets or laser weapons. While for them is not the level.
  4. tanki-tanki 19 May 2020 18: 12 New
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    They are rightly doing that they are preparing for war in space. Russia also needs to prepare.
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 41 New
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      Quote: tanki-tanki
      They are rightly doing that they are preparing for war in space. Russia also needs to prepare.

      and to the moon .. and to Mars ...
      1. tanki-tanki 19 May 2020 19: 04 New
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        yes even to Pluto wassat
        1. novel66 19 May 2020 21: 51 New
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          just not to Venus
          1. ANB
            ANB 20 May 2020 01: 42 New
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            On Venus were already
  5. rocket757 19 May 2020 18: 21 New
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    I wanted to write that to talk about what there is no clear, reliable information, this is how to write fairy tales .... have already written.
    Something, but what ???
    Well, there’s Baba Yaga, but where is ???
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 42 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      I wanted to write that to talk about what there is no clear, reliable information, this is how to write fairy tales .... have already written.
      Something, but what ???
      Well, there’s Baba Yaga, but where is ???

      yes in the government and the Duma ... these "hedgehogs" ...
      1. rocket757 19 May 2020 23: 04 New
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        Ha, yes, there or there, immortal and permanent lives right .... and no one knows where his cherished needle is!
        About the devils of different, baleen and red, not by the night be mentioned, but what is, that is!
  6. Pvi1206 19 May 2020 18: 31 New
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    The USA - with the world on a thread: concentrates in itself all the best created in other countries ... well, aren't they parasites?! ...
    1. novel66 19 May 2020 21: 52 New
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      parasites parasitize where they are allowed
  7. Beringovsky 19 May 2020 18: 34 New
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    Perhaps this is a coincidence, but the shape of the fairing of Product 105-11 was surprisingly embodied today in the American space drone X-37B. By the way, it can also be observed with the reusable space shuttle "Buran"

    And she looks like a Shuttle, which is also amazing! And she also has wings and this is so surprising that even suspicious.
    What would all this mean ?! belay
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 45 New
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      Quote: Beringovsky
      And she looks like a Shuttle, which is also amazing! And she also has wings and this is so surprising that even suspicious.
      What would all this mean ?!

      Seriously ? not at all in the subject?
      1. Beringovsky 19 May 2020 22: 08 New
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        Yes ... I wonder why the wings and thermal protection, it's the day before yesterday.
        Well would put a photon fairing and a meson brake with a gravitational force field and deal with the end.
        No train, show off, wings, steering wheels. In one word - Romanians americos. tongue
        What's the difference! wassat
  8. Old26 19 May 2020 18: 39 New
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    Quote: iouris
    It is known that both the MiG-31 and Su-27 at the time when Gorbi began to destroy the USSR, were carriers of anti-satellite missiles and had the appropriate equipment.

    In fact, only MIG-31 is known, and not about SU-27. You can give a "tip" to the material, which describes the anti-satellite version of the SU-27
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 46 New
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      Quote: Old26
      Quote: iouris
      It is known that both the MiG-31 and Su-27 at the time when Gorbi began to destroy the USSR, were carriers of anti-satellite missiles and had the appropriate equipment.

      In fact, only MIG-31 is known, and not about SU-27. You can give a "tip" to the material, which describes the anti-satellite version of the SU-27

      there's no such thing.
  9. ABM
    ABM 19 May 2020 18: 39 New
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    Amers have satellites at $ 5 billion worth. More expensive than an aircraft carrier. Shoot it down - it's worth it!
    1. Grandfather 19 May 2020 18: 47 New
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      Quote: ABM
      Amers have satellites at $ 5 billion worth. More expensive than an aircraft carrier. Shoot it down - it's worth it!

      it’s not a “wallet cut”, but a “eyes and ears” to deprive.
  10. Engineer Schukin 19 May 2020 18: 44 New
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    Regarding the "Russian" roots ... This is a classic ignorant myth.

    Northrop M2-F2, USA 1966
    Martin Marietta X-24B, USA 1969
    Martin Marietta X-24A, USA 1969
    Northrop HL-10, USA 1966
    X-20 Dyna-Sohr, USA 1966
    MiG-105 (Spiral), USSR 1976
    BOR-4, CCCR 1982
  11. G. Georgiev 19 May 2020 18: 47 New
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    Yes. Satellites 2542 and 2543 belong to the “Inspector” maneuvering class. What they wear is unknown, but American experts have registered how they approach foreign satellites. In Russia there is
    new ground mobile systems for electronic blocking of TIRADA-2C and RUDOLF satellites. A direct missile strike, everyone knows that the A-235 Nudol does this, up to 800 km. height. S-500 to the lower orbits, about 400 km.
  12. knn54 19 May 2020 19: 19 New
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    Effective anti-satellite weapon-RosKosmos: absolutely nothing happens in the field of reusable “winged astronautics”.
  13. Old26 19 May 2020 19: 32 New
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    Quote: Beringovsky
    And she looks like a Shuttle, which is also amazing! And she also has wings and this is so surprising that even suspicious.

    And he also has a chassis, like the Shuttle and Buran. Suspiciously all this ...

    Quote: G. Georgiev
    A direct missile strike, everyone knows that the A-235 Nudol does this, up to 800 km. height.

    Well, if you know, then yes. True A-235 and Nudol are two completely different systems. But nothing ...

    They planned to deliver the spacecraft into orbit with the help of the Soyuz launch vehicle. The device was called "Product 105-11". Initially, they were going to use an aircraft to accelerate, which would move at a speed of 6-8 Machs. We even thought about developing an aircraft specifically for this program. In the tests of “Products 105-11”, a Tu-95KM aircraft was used for launch.

    Author! Where did you get that? The name "Product 105" was only for the atmospheric mining apparatus "Spiral". And "product 105-11" is a subsonic variant in general (105-12 is a supersonic version and 105-13 is a hypersonic version). In space flight, large-scale flying models of the BOR series (Unmanned Orbital Rocket Launch Plan) were tested. And those combat options that were planned for the future had the designation "product 50"
  14. Andrei Nikolaevich 20 May 2020 22: 25 New
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    All hope for our science. We have smart, educated youth for whom the prestige and security of the motherland, more important, bucks.
    1. kjhg 21 May 2020 11: 55 New
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      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      All hope for our science.

      Science alone will not create anything unless you support it and create favorable conditions for this. And this we do not have.
      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      We have smart, educated youth for whom the prestige and security of the motherland, more important, bucks.

      Oh, and you know poorly today's youth. All representatives of the government, their family members, friends rushed to earn money in all available ways, and does the youth have to work for an idea, prestige and other noodles? Everything in this world is returning like a boomerang. Here is the current youth SO "thank" the country for their "happy childhood, love and care" on the part of the state that my mother does not grieve. Do not even dream that the most intelligent and talented children of our country will work for such a state for macaroni.
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich 21 May 2020 14: 50 New
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        Do not say for everyone. As for the state support of science, then I agree with you. And this ,, support ”depends on taxes .. and so on .. So everything in this world is interconnected.