The world watches pensively at the deteriorating relation between the West and Russia, reminding the return to Cold War era. The Space which until now has been peaceful is increasingly becoming the bone of contention between the superpowers as well as new emerging powers like China.
A mysterious object from Russia is being tracked by space agencies leading to fears about an increase of space weapons. The satellite which was over the South Pacific Ocean somewhere between Australasia and South America can be tracked online.
The satellite has been christened as Object 2014-28E has grabbed the attention of both official space agencies as well as amateur space buffs. The mysterious object and its purpose are open to speculation. It could be collecting space junk, to make the space congestion free. It could also be providing fuel to other satellites or carrying out repairs on defunct satellites.
Patricia Lewis, research director at think-tank Chatham House and an expert in space security said, “Whatever it is, [Object 2014-28E] looks experimental. It could have a number of functions, some civilian and some military. One possibility is for some kind of grabber bar. Another would be kinetic pellets which shoot out at another satellite. Or possibly there could be a satellite-to-satellite cyber attack or jamming.”
Russia had launched three satellites as a part of its own navigation system. The rocket carrying the satellites was launched sometime in May. It carried three payloads but a fourth payload was not declared. It was classified as debris until it started carrying complex maneuvers prompting the US to declare it as a satellite. Russia has meanwhile increased the reported amount of satellites that had been launched. There are fears that it could be an anti satellite weapon. Russia began developing anti satellite weapons in the 1950’s. Russia developed its Istrebitel Sputnik (fighter satellite) in the early 1960s