[FPSPACE] Russian spy sat Kobalt-M, possibly has re-entered over US states of Wyoming and Colorado
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Wed Sep 10 11:30:19 EDT 2014
Moscow News via Matthew Aid's blog
(Of course, in keeping with the current atmosphere of unreality in Putin's
centralized government, everything is denied)
balt-m-spy-satellites> Russia Denies That One of Its Kobalt-M Spy Satellites
Burnt Up in the Atmosphere Over Wyoming
September 10, 2014
Russia: Fireball Over Wyoming Wasn't Spy Satellite
September 9, 2014
The Defense Ministry has challenged reports that a Kobalt-M spy satellite
reentered the Earth's atmosphere and burnt up over the U.S., potentially
leaving Russian military intelligence photos lying in Colorado or Wyoming.
On Sept. 3, the American Meteor Society recorded more than 30 eyewitness
reports of a slow-moving fireball crossing Colorado and into southern
Wyoming. Local media reported the event as a meteor entering the atmosphere,
but amateur space flight observers on the spaceflight101 blog said on
Tuesday it must have been a Russian Kobalt-M spy satellite, after comparing
the path of the fireball to the orbits of known satellites.
Defense Ministry spokesperson Major-General Igor Konashenkov denied this on
Tuesday, however, claiming that Russia keeps close tabs on its satellite
fleet and that nothing out of the ordinary has happened.
"We can only guess what condition the representatives of the so-called
American Meteor Society must be in to have identified a [fireball] at that
altitude as a Russian military satellite," Konashenkov quipped in a comment
carried by RIA Novosti.
However, the amateur claims are backed up by the U.S. Space Tracking
Network, which publicly tracks the orbits of spacecraft and issues warnings
when it detects a satellite that is in danger of falling from space.
On Sept. 2 it issued such a warning for Kosmos-2495 - the international
catalogue designation for the Kobalt-M satellite.
The satellite, launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome near Arkhangelsk on May
6, was not equipped to digitally transmit its photographs back to its
handlers at Russia's military intelligence unit, the GRU. Instead, it was
designed to drop its film in special canisters from space onto Russian
Interfax reported Tuesday that the satellite may have been attempting to
position itself to drop a canister back to Earth, when it moved into too low
of an orbit - thereby falling back to earth over the U.S.
It is possible that much of the satellite and its photos survived, and are
now sitting somewhere in the U.S. midwest.
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