Russia Will Tell the World Where U.S. Military Satellites Are
The move would expose the Pentagon's most secret sats.
In a space tit-for-tat, Russian government is planning to publish a database of all known satellites—including secret American ones. The move would shed light on classified satellite programs, potentially allowing America's enemies to evade detection from above.
According to Russian state news agency Izvestia, the Russian delegation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space has proposed a United Nations database on space objects. The data would be donated by Russia as a "public service" and catalog all known satellites and "space debris", which ranges from tools lost by astronauts to retired satellites.
The database would be similar to the one currently curated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD's database is generally considered the authority on space objects, but leaves out American, French, German, Israeli, Japanese and other allied military satellites. It includes Russian satellites.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. position is interesting .... by refusing to post all satellites while Russia is willing to post all of them .... this will guarantee that the Russian database will then become the dominant one used by everyone. In short .... the U.S. database will then become useless.