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Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« on: October 19, 2017, 06:39:53 am »
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But Progress MS-07 also carried a mysterious sensor, one that might have important military implications. Anatoly Zak, an author and space expert, was among the first to notice the sensor in official photos provided by RKK Energia, the Russian company that manufactured the expendable Progress MS-07 spacecraft.

Russian officials told Zak that the sensor was part of a "one-time scientific experiment," but otherwise declined to comment on the device's purpose. The Russian space agency Roscosmos did not immediately respond to an email from Motherboard requesting comment.

The space agency is probably telling the truth about the sensorójust not the whole truth. "The device is mounted on a location used by other scientific sensors in the past," James Oberg, the author of several books about space technology, told me.

But what kind of science did the sensor support? After all, weapons-development is a kind of science. "The fact that they are not discussing it is unusual, and maybe it's a test of some military-related sensor of some kind," said Jonathan McDowell, an independent space expert.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb7mvb/russia-sent-mysterious-sensor-iss-progress-ms-07-roscosmos-international-space-station-weapon-x-37b

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Re: Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 09:35:45 am »
All of these theories keep having to find very convoluted reasons why it doesn't matter that NROL-76 was supposed to launch days earlier into an orbit that would have been nowhere near ISS.  This article mentions that objection but discounts it without any real explanation.

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Re: Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 12:48:28 pm »
Using that logic they could have delayed a couple days and kept it far from the ISS, yes?

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Re: Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 12:55:06 pm »
Or they could launch at their first window and proceed with their mission.  They were never dangerously close.