A highly secret Russian spacecraft, dubbed Kosmos 2499, Object 2014-28E or NORAD 39765, which is circling our planet at the moment, has ignited fresh fears about the possibility of an increase of space weapons. The lunch of the satellite has not been confirmed by Moscow nor does anyone know what it exactly is, what possible damage it is capable of inflicting, making satellite watchers across the world curious. Most seem to believe that it is a secret Russian satellite designed to chase down other spacecraft orbiting our planet.
Besides that, the satellite is taking a confusing path which has made everyone following this unidentified spacecraft wary of the whole project and its purported mission. The satellite can be tracked online and there are many amateur observers in the world who are enjoying doing that.
After making some baffling moves during August- October period, it is said to have moved towards another object over the last weekend- a move which is being taken to mean that its secret mission has been accomplished after it finally intercepted its target.
“Some think that it could be collecting space junk, helping to clean up the useless satellites that are floating around space. Or it could be providing fuel or repairs to other satellites. But others fear that the satellite could be used to destroy enemy ones,” said TheIndependent.
“Whatever it is, [Object 2014-28E] looks experimental,” Patricia Lewis, research director at think-tank Chatham House and an expert in space security, told the FT. “It could have a number of functions, some civilian and some military. One possibility is for some kind of grabber bar.
“Another would be kinetic pellets which shoot out at another satellite. Or possibly there could be a satellite-to-satellite cyber attack or jamming.”
The satellite was put into space in May on a rocket which carried three more packages, without announcing the satellite which has just been spotted. THIS fourth object was also sent into our orbit at the same time without mentioning it. It was believed to be a piece of junk in the space till ‘it started moving around with purpose.’
The spotting of this secret satellite has led many following the news about this satellite to panic and be concerned about the Cold War being revived between the two erstwhile superpowers once again.