|Artist’s illustration of one satellite inspecting another. On Aug. 14, 2018, a US diplomat said that a Russian satellite described as a “space apparatus inspector” has been behaving very oddly on orbit, raising the possibility that it may be a space weapon of some sort. (Credit: SSL / Space.com|
|A Russian satellite that launched to Earth orbit last October has been behaving oddly, raising the possibility that the craft could be some sort of space weapon, a U.S. diplomat warned.||
By Mike Wall
Russia has described the satellite in question as a “space apparatus inspector,” Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance at the U.S. State Department, said at a conference on disarmament in Geneva yesterday (Aug. 14).