Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander

April 12, 2015

Russia has uncovered a group of spy satellites, the head of its space command said in a film broadcast Sunday, which warned of "enemy" satellites that could masquerade as space junk.

"Very recently, specialists of the department of intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of ... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich.

Space Command is a division of the military responsible for warning of missile and air strikes and controlling Russia's defence satellites.

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

The film—called "Space Special Forces"—was shown on defence ministry channel Zvezda as Russia marked "Space Day", commemorating the space flight 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 voiceover said.

"There are cases when a space satellite pretends to be 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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4 / 5 (1) Apr 12, 2015
We have a space glider that is a miniature Space Shuttle and is obviously some sort of spy device or space weapon. Everyone knows this, so this is not surprising to anyone.

It's been openly declared as a spy device, so get over it.

It probably houses a THEL or COIL laser.
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (3) Apr 12, 2015

a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system.
5 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2015
Surely they didn't imagine that there haven't been 'reconnaissance' satellites in space for as long as rockets have existed. You only have to visit Wikipedia to know that. https://en.wikipe...atellite
5 / 5 (4) Apr 12, 2015
Unfortunately, they're currently being so cranky, any-one who can will be keeping a wary eye on them. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean you're wrong...

Uh, be funny if they've noticed the growing population of shoe-box or smaller cube-sats and mistaken them for very big, but 'stealthed' spy-sats....
Da Schneib
5 / 5 (2) Apr 12, 2015
Wild, I hadn't heard about shoebox sats until now. Here's a BBC article on them I found poking around:

It's gonna make it a lot harder for Russia to smuggle arms into Eastern Ukraine, I bet. That's prolly what they're having a fit about.

No More Secrets.
3 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2015

a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically elaborated into an organized system.

Except that, it's not paranoia when they really are out to get you. That's called prudence.
Da Schneib
not rated yet Apr 17, 2015
But first you have to show that someone's out to get them, rather than out to stop them.
not rated yet Apr 17, 2015
But first you have to show that someone's out to get them, rather than out to stop them.

Show whom, exactly?

And, when you're on the receiving end, there's not much difference.
Da Schneib
not rated yet Apr 18, 2015
Show whom, exactly?
Hey, if you can't support your claim, you know what that means, right?

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