[FPSPACE] Russian TV documentary claim: [the USA] has cluster of SIGINT satellites masquerading as "space junk"

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Sun Apr 12 12:37:55 EDT 2015

Although the space documentary doesn't state explicitly which nation has
these satellites, it is fairly obvious that they mean the USA.  No other
nation has had the sufficient numerousness of launches to cover this alleged
type of activity.  


But there is a confusing comment that has got me scratching my head, as it
states below in a quote from the documentary, ".there are known cases when
groups of potential enemy satellites formed against our satellites, above
our territory."  Not certain what they are actually attempting to infer
here.  Are the Russians claiming that the USA has satellite groupings that
"gang up" on Russian satellite constellations to negate their purposes, and
do this over Russian territory?   Unless I am way off base on this
interpretation, I think the documentary has entered the "alternate reality"
as much of what else is happening in Putin's directly-controlled media at
the moment..


Perhaps someone else has some insights as to what this quotation I mention
above means, and clear up the meaning.


But I should mention the following: Way back in the 1960s, National
Geographic reported that there were US satellites called "spares" on orbit
that would not be activated unless the primary satellites were either
malfunctioning, or had ceased working.   These "spares" would have already
been put into orbit at an earlier time.  Maybe this is what the documentary
means by the idea of inactive satellites suddenly becoming active.


>From Matthew Aid's blog




d-new-cluster-of> Russia Says That It Has Detected New Cluster of Spy
Satellites Over Russia Disguised as Space Junk

April 12, 2015

Russia detects spy satellites disguised as space junk, commander says

The Japan Times

April 12, 2015

MOSCOW - Russia has detected a group of spy satellites operating above its
territory disguised as space junk, the head of its space command said
Sunday, according to the Interfax news agency.

"Very recently, specialists from the Main Space Intelligence Center
uncovered a newly created group of space satellites . made for
radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said Gen.
Oleg Maidanovich, the commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces' Space
Command. He was speaking in a Russian television documentary.

Space Command is a division of the military responsible for warning of
missile and airstrikes. It also controls Russia's defense satellites.

Maidanovich declined to say which country or countries the satellites
belonged to.

He also said the Main Space Intelligence Center currently tracks more than
20,000 items in orbit and has troops monitoring them around the clock,
according to Interfax.

Russia operates an orbiting fleet of about 140 devices, Interfax quoted
Maidanovich as saying.

The film - called "Space Special Forces" - was shown on Defense Ministry
channel Zvezda as Russia marked "Space Day," commemorating the spaceflight
of Yury Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

The 40-minute movie is "dedicated to the war for space, the battles of spy
satellites," the channel's website says, echoing the language of 1980s space
race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

"One talks of peaceful satellites, but there are known cases when groups of
potential enemy satellites formed against our satellites, above our
territory," the film's voice-over said.

"There are cases when a space satellite pretends to be space junk for years
and then wakes up and starts working at the right moment."

Russia's relations with the West are at their lowest point in post-Cold War
history, although cooperation has so far continued in space, notably at the
International Space Station.


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