Re: Anti-Satellite Weapons (was S.D.I. lives?)

Neil Clifford (clifford@astro.ox.ac.uk)
Fri, 5 Sep 1997 12:55:00 +0100 (BST)

|>Although I can't site any hard evidence, I am almost sure the Soviets
|>destroyed at least one of our satellites during the cold war.  I can't
|>remember if they did it from the ground or in orbit, but they did it.

ISTR the Russian Cholmesky (sp?) design bureau constructed some ASAT
satellites which were flown and tested in the late sixties. The
satellite was steered for a (roughly) head on collison with the target
and as it approached an explosive device would fragment the ASAT vehicle
- the victim would thus encounter a deadly cloud of shrapnel.

I'm sure Phil Clark will be along shortly to correct this and fill in
the details ;-)

regards,

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Neil Clifford                                       <neil@satellite.eu.org>
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