Last year a US gen-eral made an ominous revelation: two Russian satellites in orbit were stalking a US spy satellite high above the earth.
It wasn’t clear if the Cosmos satellites could attack USA-245, an American surveil-lance spacecraft.
“It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space,” said General Jay Ray-mond, head of the Pentagon’s Space Command.
The incident passed, but it marked a new stage in the mounting arms race in space, where potentially bomb-armed satellites, laser-shooting space-craft and other technologies have moved from science fiction to re-ality.
The stakes were made clear Monday when Russia launched a missile from Earth and blasted to pieces one of its satellites in a show of force.—APP