NSSA Statement on the Russian ASAT Test

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Security Space Association (NSSA) condemns Russia's recent test of a ground-based, kinetic energy anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon system against a target satellite in low Earth orbit. This irresponsible test created thousands of pieces of long-lived debris that jeopardize the flight safety of all nations' spacecraft and harm the sustainability of the space environment. Moreover, Moscow's willful disregard for the consequences of the test callously endangered the lives of the astronauts on the International Space Station, including two Russian Cosmonauts. There is no justification for this reckless act. The Russian ASAT test was not an isolated incident, however. It is the latest in a series of provocative actions by both Russia and China. Moscow and Beijing are developing, testing, and fielding an array of ground-based and orbital counterspace weapon systems.

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