Japan, Australia condemn Russia for ‘irresponsible’ anti-satellite missile test

November 19, 2021

Space News:

Japan and Australia have joined international condemnation of Russia for testing an anti-satellite weapon Nov. 15 that created over 1,500 pieces of debris in low Earth orbit. 

In a Nov. 18 statement, Japan’s foreign ministry called the test “an irresponsible behavior that undermines sustainable and stable use of outer space.” The ministry said the test also “runs counter to the Space Debris Mitigation Guidelines” adopted unanimously by the member states of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), including Russia, in 2007. The guidelines require that member states avoid the intentional destruction of any on-orbit space objects that can generate long-lived space debris, the ministry noted…

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