Unknown Russian Space Official Suggests A Foreign Power Is Behind Their Latest Space Failure

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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Defense Talk offers this up:

The Russian space agency suggested Monday that a foreign power may have been behind the space accident that disabled one of the country’s most modern military satellites earlier this month.

This line of anomaly resolution is consistent with “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you” or “prove I’m wrong.”

One unnamed space official told Interfax however that initial evidence suggested that the craft went off target after one of its booster rockets inexplicably reversed course.

What does it even mean for a booster rocket to reverse course?  Let’s just be generous and consider that to be a lost in translation issue.

"The probable cause may involve electromagnetic intrusion on the automatic controls," the unnamed space official said.

The official did not identify the country he suspected of trying to derail the Russian military mission. But Moscow frequently accuses Washington of attempting to "militarise" space.

The space official conceded that there may have been other reasons for the launch failure. These included the wrong operations being programmed into the guidance system and other software mistakes.

Good to know they’re considering those possibilities as well.

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