A report from Japan Times tells that a space junk was spotted over Russia and was found that they are in fact satellites that collect information. “Very recently, specialists from the Main Space Intelligence Center uncovered a newly created group of space satellites . . . made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory,” said Gen. Oleg Maidanovich, the commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces’ Space Command, Japan Times reported .
The Russian military consist of a unit known as the Space Command which is responsible to missile and airstrike warnings, track space debris to prevent any impact, collect information, identifying new space objects and observing space vehicles including the responsibility of controlling the country’s defense satellites.
Some laser-optic space tracking systems which are known as the centers “eyes” are stationed in respective regions of Russia, from Moscow to the Pacific region. “Okno” or the optical tracing facility in the mountains of central Tajikistan has the ability to monitor extremely far objects that could reach to 40,000 kilometers.
The Moscow Times reported that Maidanoch explained that spy satellites remain idle and would usually float like space trash for years until it resumes to function at a specific time . Though Maidanovich had firmly declined to divulge the name of the countries that the said satellites seemed to collect information since “there is currently no necessity to do so.”
He added that when a spy satellite is caught, its information is then presented to the president of the country and decisions are made on international level. He also made it clear that there is not intention of destroying any satellite brought in. There are 100,000 objects orbiting the planet and Russia’s aerospace defense forces only monitor around 20,000 of it explaining that they assume that those objects could involve military purpose.