Russia Launches “Space Weapon” and the US and UK Hit Back

( United States and United Kingdom government officials have hit back in response to the launch of what appears to be a “space weapon” from its Kosmos 2543 satellite earlier last week. The launch is particularly concerning to Western leaders because of the speed at which an object was fired from the satellite.

The unidentified object that was ejected from the Kosmos 2543 was significantly faster than the parent satellite, which could indicate that the projectile “may be more insidious than just another inspector satellite.”

Brian Weeden from the Secure World Foundation told the press that the test launch “stands out as different from all the other rendezvous and proximity operations that have been going on.”

Just what exactly is Russia firing into space at high speeds?

General Jay Raymond of the United States Space Force said that Russia has been raising concerns over test launches like this for months now.

“The Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia manoeuvred near a U.S. government satellite,” he said. “This is further evidence of Russia’s continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold U.S. and allied space assets at risk.”

Why can’t Russia just be an ally to the rest of the world? Why this constant confrontation and escalation?

The United States Space Command published an official statement on what they believe to be a test of a possible space weapon, saying it is another example of how Russia threatens Allied space systems.

The British Ministry of Defence published a statement on the launch also, describing their deep concern by the manner in which Russia performed these tests.

Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, the head of the British Space Directorate, urged Russia to “continue to work constructively with the UK and other partners to encourage responsible behaviour in space.”

The British Secretary of Defense also told a British newspaper that the launch was a “step in the direction of turning space into a new frontline.”

Is this the new space race?