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Old 05-03-2022, 05:02 PM
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Question Russia just launched a secret military spacecraft into orbit

Russia just launched a secret military spacecraft into orbit
By: Joshua Hawkins - BGR News - 05-03-22
Re: https://bgr.com/tech/russia-just-lau...ft-into-orbit/

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b. Video link:https://youtu.be/Doh8E_BMHx4

At the end of April, Russia launched a secret military spacecraft, Kremlin officials have now confirmed. The spacecraft was launched using Russia’s new Angara 1.2 rocket. Russia hasn’t said what the payload of the rocket was, but many believe it could have to do with the war in Ukraine.

The launch of the spacecraft took place at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The cosmodrome is located in the town of Mirny, which is well known thanks to diamond mines in the region. The area has acted as a test site for the various Russian defense rockets since the 1950s. Kremlin officials confirmed the launch of the secret military spacecraft on April 30, according to Newsweek.

“From the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk Region, the combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces [VKS] successfully launched an Angara-1.2 light-class launch vehicle with a spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defence.”

The statement about the secret military spacecraft continued, “The launch of the carrier rocket and the launch of the spacecraft into the calculated orbit took place in the normal mode. Two minutes after the launch, the Angara-1.2 launch vehicle was accepted for escort by ground controls of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre.”

The launch involved over 30 ground-based measuring instruments, and more than 50 combat crews of the 15th Aerospace Forces Army, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Perhaps one of the most unnerving parts of the launch of this secret military spacecraft is its purpose. The Kremlin has yet to provide any reasoning behind the spacecraft or its orbit. As such, many believe Russia intends to use it in the war on Ukraine.

Some believe that Russia’s secret military spacecraft is a top-secret radar military satellite system. However, the Kremlin has yet to confirm this. This also isn’t the first time that Russia has made news in recent days for space-related reasons, either. The country also recently announced it would be discontinuing support for the International Space Station.

The ISS has been a key part of NASA and other space agencies’ ongoing efforts to explore the unknown. And, over the years, Russia has played a key part in that effort. However, with Roscosmos pulling out, it’s unclear how the ISS will continue without that support. It’s also unclear exactly when the ISS will bid goodbye to Roscosmos astronauts.

We may not know why Russia launched a secret military spacecraft, or what the craft’s purpose is. But we do know it happened. And, with more digging, someone may reveal more details about the craft’s purpose in the future. For now, all we can do is wait and see what Russia does with it.
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Personal note: Well all I can say the timing isn't especially good. I'm sure our folks
at Space X and others - will monitor its status and see if anything is falling back to
earth where it shouldn't be going? Just a touch of uncertanty about its timing without
a warning or notifying anyone. If its secret - why? Satelite or a Weapon?
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