Russia may develop network to deter space threats

The Federal Space Agency started to upgrade space monitoring systems even before the meteorite hit the Chelyabinsk region, a space industry source told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

"On Roscosmos orders, the Vympel Interstate Corporation of the Almaz-Antei Concern proposed an upgrade of existent space monitoring and control systems and development of new ones for a unified network to deter space threats. The work was done in 2012," he said.

"The Feb. 15 event in the Chelyabinsk region proved that the system was crucial," the source said.

The network "would constantly scan the sky for possible threats, measure orbit parameters of the potentially dangerous objects and forecast the areas they may endanger," he said.

The source suggested that the work should be done jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has its own instruments of space threat monitoring and forecast.

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