[FPSPACE] Russia's Last Geostationary Early Warning Satellite Ceases Functioning

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Fri Jun 27 10:38:39 EDT 2014

Global Security News Wire via Matthew Aid's blog





Putin can only monitor the USA for three hours a day now.  With all the
nuclear sabre rattling and strategic excercises over the past three months,
one wonders what type of advice Putin is getting from his inner circle,
considering Russia doesn't have the satellite constellations to keep itself
well informed.



lite-in-geostationary> Russia's Last Early Warning Satellite in
Geostationary Orbit Over the U.S. Has Ceased Functioning

June 27, 2014

Russia Loses Another One of Its Early-Warning Satellites

Global Security Newswire

June 26, 2014

The odds of a nuclear-arms miscalculation by Moscow could increase because
another one of its threat-detection satellites has ceased working.

The Russian defense ministry has revealed that its last geostationary
satellite, which remains in permanent orbit above the United States, has
stopped functioning, according to the science news website
85431> io9. Russia has other
issile-detection-satellites/> satellites capable of detecting
intercontinental ballistic-missile launches, but they travel in highly
elliptical orbits instead of being positioned directly above the United
States, as was the case with the now-defunct Cosmos 2479 satellite, the
ssile-detection-satellite/502518.html> Moscow Times reported on Wednesday.

An anonymous ministry source told the Kommersant newspaper that the Cosmos
2479 was originally supposed to operate until 2017-2019, but that it began
showing performance problems not long after it was launched in 2012. The
space-based sensor was able to maintain a certain level of performance but
that ended in April, the source said.

Russia's ability to detect ICBM threats has been getting worse over the
years as more and more of its constellation of Soviet-era missile-detection
satellites have ceased operating. At present, the former Cold War power can
only monitor for U.S. missile launches for three hours a day.

Without comprehensive antimissile satellite coverage of the Earth, it
becomes more difficult to distinguish a possible ICBM launch from a
scientific rocket firing or a naturally occurring phenomenon. An inability
to distinguish innocuous events from missile threats raises the likelihood
of a strategic nuclear miscalculation, particularly during a time of already
ar-alaska/> East-West tensions.




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