At the UN UN Conference on Disarmament in Switzerland on August 14th, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Yleem Poblete was recorded saying that the government of the United States was “concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior” coming from a Russian satellite. The satellite in question is allegedly Kosmos-2519, launched on June 23, 2017 according to IFLscience.
“Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development.”
Poblette goes on to say that the “Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development.”
Previous comments from Russia’s space force commander indicate that Russia was looking to add new weapon prototypes to the Russian Space Force, according to Poblette. There have also been rumours that Vladimir Putin wants to build anti-satellite technology.
Russia has responded to Poblette’s comments stating that her words are “unfounded and slanderous”.
It remains speculative what the claim on Kosmos-2519 is, what exactly the satellite has been doing. Industry experts are torn on a few possibilities including: that this is primarily a campaign to drum up support for military space funding by employing a strategy of paranoia. Or, that the US intelligence actually has the technology to view Kosmos-2519 activities and genuinely believes them to be malicious.
In recent news, President Trump’s Space Force has taken a key spotlight in the political community. While the findings may be justified, they come at a rather suspicious time in political campaigning. Below you can find Mike Pence’s Space Force campaign speech from a week ago:
“The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation. What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before.”
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