Did Russia test a weapon in space?

Jessica West Featured, Space Security

By Jessica West; research contributed by Chris Earle

What happened on July 15?

On July 23, 2020, the United States Space Command Public Affairs Office released information  claiming that on July 15, Russia “injected a new object [Object 45915] into orbit from Cosmos 2543” and “released this object in proximity to another Russian satellite.”

U.S. Space Command describes this action as a non-destructive co-orbital (space-based) anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) test in close proximity to another Russian satellite.

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