In the wake of an announcement made by head of Russia’s Space Agency Roskosmos Vladimir Popovkin on the need to create a planetary defense system, Izvestia interviewed several experts on the subject of its feasibility.
In the wake of an announcement made by head of Russia’s Space Agency Roskosmos Vladimir Popovkin on the need to create a planetary defense system, Izvestia interviewed several experts on the subject of its feasibility. Anatoliy Zaytsev, General Director of a non-commercial partnership with a straightforward name “Planetary Defense Center”, believes Earth needs such a system and, indeed, it’s possible to create one. Providing the Siberian meteorite as an example, the expert explains that the system will not work from the planet’s surface and needs to be space-based – he proposes deploying several satellites in key points to monitor incoming threats.
He adds that while Russia has the knowledge base and resources to create such a system, it needs to be international – a national system in theory could be used by government for ulterior purposes. With international legal issues to resolve in order to implement the idea, Zaytsev reminds that a proposal for a global natural disaster monitoring system already exists, as requested by Toni Blair ahead of the 2005 G20 summit. Another spokesman from the Russian aerospace industry who the article does not name believes it unlikely for Russia to be capable of seeing through such a complex project. Moreover, he doubts that such a system is even physically possible.***
Source: Voice of Russia.