Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test Debris Forces Astronauts to Shelter

The US has had to shelter astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) after debris from a test of an anti-satellite missile struck two satellites on the ground. On Tuesday, space officials discovered two…

Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test Debris Forces Astronauts to Shelter

The US has had to shelter astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) after debris from a test of an anti-satellite missile struck two satellites on the ground.

On Tuesday, space officials discovered two satellites that were damaged by “space debris” debris from the Russian Anti-Satellite Weapon Test earlier that day. It also affected the satellites orbiting 250 miles above Earth. The satellites are on the International Space Station.

The two satellites, called the DVR-SP and DVR-STL, were created by Russia’s satellite navigation network Glonass, NASA reported.

“[S]pacecraft received indications of multiple objects in low Earth orbit on April 2, 2018, which are believed to be space debris from the April 2 Russian Anti-Satellite Missile Test,” NASA said in a statement.

“While each spacecraft was designed to operate for only eight months, onboard experiments provide data for U.S. and Russian forces, and may also have value for other commercial space customers.”

One of the two satellites has been swabbed for samples, and has been returned to Earth. All the other debris has since been maneuvered off of the surface of the earth.

Agency officials said that “no indications exist that the orbit degradation and loss of propulsion capability of the two satellites will impact future mission readiness.”

With David Barber

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