Secret Russian Satellite Shot Down In Orbit
In a recent tweet, the US Space Force said that a secret Russian satellite shot down in orbit and released a dangerous cloud of debris into Earth’s atmosphere.
The 18th Space Defense Squadron of the US Space Force tweeted that a covert Russian satellite launched nearly ten years ago has “broken up” in space.
The Kosmos 2499 spacecraft reportedly exploded on January 4 and released a dangerous cloud of debris into Earth’s atmosphere, according to the Space Force.
The military branch in charge of space operations declined to say why Kosmos 2499 broke apart. One user on social media did, however, pose a good question.
Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com, who was quoted by Business Insider and Space.com, claimed that Russia launched a rocket in late 2013 that purportedly carried three military communications satellites into orbit. However, it wasn’t until trackers for spacecraft discovered a fourth, enigmatic spacecraft (Kosmos 2499) that was also launched into orbit.