Russians Track Crippled U.S. Spy Satellite
A Space.com article by Leonard David, via MSNBC.com, reports that:
Even in the vacuum of outer space, it's hard to keep the sound of a secret quiet.More here.
The U.S. Air Force apparently has a malfunctioning Defense Support Program satellite on its hands. DSP-23 is one piece of a constellation of such Earth-staring satellites designed to detect missile launchings and nuclear detonations, and gather other technical intelligence.
DSP-23 seems to be drifting out of its high-altitude slot — and might prove troublesome to other high-value satellites in that populated area.
One person who has flagged the problem to a U.S. satellite tracking expert is a Russian space analyst — a project partner of the International Space Observation Network, or ISON for short.