The U.S. is denouncing the nation of Russia for launching an anti-satellite missile into a Russian satellite, resulting in orbiting debris that will pose a risk to spacecraft and space travelers for years into the future.
"Russia has demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the security, safety, stability, and long-term sustainability of the space domain for all nations," U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, U.S. Space Command commander, said in a statement.
He said that the debris "will continue to pose a threat to activities in outer space for years to come, putting satellites and space missions at risk, as well as forcing more collision avoidance maneuvers. Space activities underpin our way of life and this kind of behavior is simply irresponsible."
"Russia is developing and deploying capabilities to actively deny access to and use of space by the United States and its allies and partners," Dickinson noted. "Russia's tests of direct-ascent anti-satellite weapons clearly demonstrate that Russia continues to pursue counterspace weapon systems that undermine strategic stability and pose a threat to all nations."