[FPSPACE] another NYTimes article about Chinese ASAT test
drwoods1 at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 22 22:56:48 EST 2007
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Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] another NYTimes article about Chinese ASAT test
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:39:04 -0500
From: cliched at earthlink.net
To: drwoods1 at earthlink.net
Could you forward the following message to FPSpace.
At 8:46 PM -0500 1/21/07, robot at esper.com wrote:
>GEO is beyond any ASAT test ever conducted by anybody, AFAIK.
In the early 1990s, TsNPO Kometa (prime contractor for the Soviet
co-orbital ASAT) began development of a system called IS-MD for
intercepting satellites in geostationary orbit. They never flew any
missions, but it seems (ground-based) work on the system was ongoing
until at least 1999.
One should mention that although the Russians decommissioned the old
IS system (the last version being IS-MU), there was all that buzz in
2004 in the Russian media about the Naryad (and Naryad-V) ASAT system
which was supposedly tested on several Rokot + Briz launches in the
early 1990s. Naryad was apparently a KB Salyut/Khrunichev system. I
seem to recall that Naryad was intended for both LEO and (eventually)
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