January 11th marks the ninth anniversary of China’s infamous test of a direct-ascent ASAT on its weather satellite FY-1C in polar orbit. It goes without saying the test was an alarming event, the effects of which are still being felt today both in terms of the orbital debris environment the test created, and the wake-up […]Read more "FY-1C: Nine Years Later We’re Still Hitting the Snooze Button"
Joan Freese-Johnson and I collaborated on an op-ed for Space News on December 8, 2014 exploring the possible intentions and purpose of a prior Russian mystery-spacecraft, Object 2014-28E. While the actions of NORAD 40258 are different and in some cases more alarming than those of Object 2014-28E, the analysis in this piece is applicable. As […]Read more "Revisting NORAD 40258 and the Activities of Object 2014-28E"
The LUCH (OLYMP) satellite, which is designated NORAD ID 40258, was launched by the Russian Federation on Sept. 28, 2014, aboard a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft was built by ISS Reshetnev, a Russian satellite manufacturer. According to an October 9, 2015 article in Space News, NORAD 40258 has caused […]Read more "The Account of NORAD 40258 and U.S. Options Under Article IX"