Saturday, May 27, 2023

Ah, Yeah, Sure...

 Story, never ending sto-o-o-o-ry (c). 

Ukrainian forces are “ready” to launch their much-touted counteroffensive, the head of the National Security and Defense Council told the BBC in an interview on Saturday. Aleksey Danilov said the military top brass are now waiting for the right moment to launch the attack. “It could happen tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or in a week,” Danilov answered when pressed about a potential start of the counteroffensive, which Kiev has been talking about for months. A major assault was initially expected to start in spring or even late winter, but Kiev repeatedly postponed it, citing adverse weather conditions and the need to obtain all necessary weapons and equipment from western backers.Danilov said it would have been “weird” for him to reveal the exact date, as “that cannot be done.” He described the planned attack as a “historic opportunity” that his nation “cannot lose” if it wants to become a “big European country.” “We understand that we have no right to make a mistake,” he added.

Yes, I am sure Russia is completely at a loss with the date of this "offensive", because Russians, being primitive Asiatic people, fight based on stories told by locals. Speaking of which:

КОСМОДРОМ ВОСТОЧНЫЙ, 27 мая — РИА Новости. Радиолокационный спутник "Кондор-ФКА" для всепогодного и круглосуточного наблюдения за поверхностью Земли выведен на орбиту, сообщили журналистам в пресс-службе "Роскосмоса".Отделение космического аппарата от разгонного блока произведено в расчетное время", — сообщили в пресс-службе. Ракета "Союз-2.1а" с разгонным блоком "Фрегат" и спутником стартовала с Восточного в 0:15 мск. Через девять минут разгонный блок отделился от третьей ступени ракеты, после чего два раза включил маршевый двигатель и доставил "Кондор-ФКА" в расчетную точку. 
Translation: VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, May 27 - RIA Novosti. The Kondor-FKA radar satellite for all-weather and round-the-clock monitoring of the Earth's surface has been launched into orbit, the Roscosmos press service told reporters.  "The separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage was carried out at the estimated time," the press service said. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Fregat upper stage and satellite took off from Vostochny at 0:15 Moscow time. Nine minutes later, the upper stage separated from the third stage of the rocket, after which it turned on the sustainer engine twice and delivered the Kondor-FKA to the calculated point.
Officially, Kondor FKA is a satellite (there will be several of them) which are "designed", wink, wink, to serve agricultural and ice-surveying purpose. With resolution of 1 meter and the ability to see... underground facilities. Hm, I guess this good summary does the job:
As you may have guessed it, it is a very good ISR satellite(s) and its orbits, traditionally for Russians, are in 500-550 kilometer range, just in case some people in Washington decide to shoot it down. American SM-3s can shoot satellites at much lower orbits, if they are lucky. But why risk anything when you can get a very good picture from higher orbits. Plus, do not forget that now Liana is fully operational and, when one factors sensor (data) fusion from different sources, you get the picture--a very clear and almost real time picture. Make own conclusions.

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