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01 May 2006

Recent Article Reviewing Russian Thinking on Asteroid Mitigation

Recent article reviewing Russian mitigation efforts.

"Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, commander of the Russian Military Space Forces, told a news conference Friday that the national satellite network lacked a spacecraft capable of preventing an asteroid strike...Russia established the Space Shield Foundation east of the Urals. The organization involved scientists from the Snezhinsk (Chelyabinsk-70) nuclear center and the Makeev State Rocket Center in Miass. The foundation eventually set up subsidiaries in Novosibirsk and Korolev, outside Moscow...The Planetary Defense Center, which was established in Russia three years ago, comprises the best defense-industry facilities, aerospace enterprises, in the first place, as well as academic and sectoral research."

"The Art of Asteroid Avoidance"
Based on a RIA Novosti release
Astrobiology Magazine
25 April 2006


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