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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Russia promises to leak classified data about U.S. military satellites

Russia is going to spread in open access data on military satellites, the US and its allies, against which protests Washington. About this newspaper “Izvestia”, citing a statement by the head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the peaceful uses of outer space (COPUOS) Victor Meshkov.

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We are talking about the formation of a public catalogue of near-earth objects, similar to the American NORAD. In addition to data on civilian satellites and space debris, it will get the information that the command of space defence of the USA USSPACECOM kept secret.

In the NORAD catalog contains information on more than 45 thousands of objects launched into space. Most of the data is publicly available, however information on the defense satellites of the US and its allies (France, Germany, Israel, and Japan) are usually not laid out. The Russian satellites in the U.S. the directory is, and anyone can track their movements.

Moscow proposes to merge the national databases in a single directory available to any country conducting space activities. This system could inform about potentially dangerous events, as well as to warn about possible threats to launch missiles.

The Russian initiative in the UN, supported by China, but at the same time, the United States voted against it. As stated by the newspaper one of the participants, Americans do not want to give information on military sites, wanting to maintain a monopoly “regulator movement” in near-earth space.

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