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Has Russia just put a secret weapon in orbit?

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/4/2018 Phoebe Weston For Mailonline
Russia might have just put a new secret weapon into orbit as part of a scheduled launch, according to a new report (file photo, Soyuz) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Russia might have just put a new secret weapon into orbit as part of a scheduled launch, according to a new report (file photo, Soyuz)

Russia might have just put a new secret weapon into orbit as part of a scheduled launch, according to a new report.

The US military has raised concerns about the mysterious Russian launch after they found five orbital bodies leaving the rocket instead of four, as previously suggested.

The US Combined Space Operations Centre (CSpOC) believe that either the rocket's upper stage broke in two, or the Russians had kept part of the launch secret.

The rocket, launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Western Russia, was set to launch three new communications satellites. 

Along with the rocket upper stage, this would have made a total of four orbital bodies. 

It's not uncommon for governments to want to put satellites into orbit without foreign competitors finding out about it, according to the in-depth investigation by News Rep.

However, this latest release is particularly worrying as Russia has been accused of releasing 'inspector satellites' on multiple occasions. 

These satellites are believed to be weaponised and could pose a serious threat to the orbital operations of other countries.

They could destroy other satellites by nudging them into the Earth's atmosphere, experts say.

a satellite in space: These satellites (stock image)  are believed to be weaponised and could pose a serious threat to the orbital operations of other countries © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited These satellites (stock image)  are believed to be weaponised and could pose a serious threat to the orbital operations of other countries

Earlier this year a high-ranking US official has warned the United Nations (UN) that unusual activity in space by Russia may be proof the country is readying a 'combat laser system'.

Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary for arms control, verification, and compliance, told the UN that the United States is concerned by the behaviour of Russia's 'so-called 'space apparatus inspector' and its unusual activity.

The official went on to warn the gathering that Russia has taken delivery of a 'combat laser system' which could be capable of knocking American satellites offline.

Dr Poblete claims this is evidence of the difference between Russia's diplomatic rhetoric and the actions of its military.

Dr Yleem Poblete was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance on April 30, 2018.

She has previously voiced concern of the odd behaviour of the Russian satellite that was launched in October 2017, saying the behaviour was 'inconsistent with anything seen before'.

Dr Poblete, said this is an indication of Russia's intention to militarise space with offensive weaponry and said the disparity between the Russian's public appearence and their true intentions is growing.

'To the United States, these developments are yet further proof that Russian military actions do not match their diplomatic rhetoric,' Dr Poblete explained.

The US is working on a similar plan to take their military to space in an initiative that involves a US military branch dedicated to the final frontier.

US president Donald Trump has recently revealed his plan to include a Space Force plan in the 2020 budget request.

Despite the intentions of the US, the global superpower is growing increasingly worried with Russia's unusual behaviour.


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