Kremlin: Russian anti-satellite missile test poses no threat

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Debris formed after a Russian anti-missile test ‘do not pose any threat to space activities,’ Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said. He said the missile had struck an old Russian satellite dating back to the 1980s with clinical precision. The US earlier condemned Russia for conducting a ‘dangerous and irresponsible’ test on Monday. It said space debris had forced the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to shelter in capsules. The ISS currently has seven crew members on board (four Americans, two Russians and a German) and orbits at an altitude of about 420km (260 miles). On Tuesday, the Russian defence ministry confirmed that, a day earlier, a Russian missile had destroyed the satellite, which had been inactive. The ministry said China, India and the US had already carried out similar tests.” (11/16/21)