29 January 2013, 16:34

Russia to use ballistic missiles to fight off asteroid threat

Russia to use ballistic missiles to fight off asteroid threat

Russia is planning to use intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver destroyer spacecraft to celestial bodies that pose a threat to Earth, Deputy Chief Designer of the Makeyev State Rocket Center Sergei Molchanov said during the annual Korolyov Readings forum currently under way in Moscow.

Russian scientists suggest using a device called Kapkan to solve the problem of destroying an asteroid or swaying it off to a safe distance from Earth, he said.

A special reconnaissance spacecraft may be used to study the structure and chemical composition of an asteroid.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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