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Offline bobthemonkey

Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #20 on: 11/26/2009 11:28 AM »
Didn't Zenith Star at one point look at a one-off launch vehicle, using clustered Delta 2 cores augmented by Shuttle SRBs?

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #21 on: 11/26/2009 01:17 PM »
Always been fascinated by Polyus, haven't really heard of Zenith Star beyond the name. Anyone have any links to more information about the latter?

Go up higher in the thread and see where I posted a pdf of a Government Accountability Office report on Zenith Star.  That includes an illustration.

An interesting bit of trivia is that in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan visited a defense contractor and posed in front of a mockup of Zenith Star.  I believe that the same contractor built a mockup of a launch vehicle for it, and that mockup was actually assembled from an old MOL mockup that had been sitting in storage since the 1960s.

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #22 on: 11/26/2009 01:18 PM »
Didn't Zenith Star at one point look at a one-off launch vehicle, using clustered Delta 2 cores augmented by Shuttle SRBs?

They looked at some monster launch vehicle.  I believe that the final configuration was for a two-launch and rendezvous scenario.

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #23 on: 11/26/2009 01:38 PM »
Y'know Dwayne, you managed to get through that whole article without mentioning the Soviet Union's real space-based laser system...

To nitpick, GoldenEye was an EMP weapon involving detonating a nuclear device in LEO, not anything related to lasers...

Always been fascinated by Polyus, haven't really heard of Zenith Star beyond the name. Anyone have any links to more information about the latter?

Yeah, in some ways it's more like Diamonds are Forever.  ;D

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #24 on: 11/29/2009 03:15 AM »
True, but that may be more comparable to Zenith Star. Ironically, the movie sat was built by SPECTR, masquerading as a Howard Hugues knock-off, while in reality Hugues lost out in getting any Zenith Star contracts...

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #25 on: 11/29/2009 02:54 PM »
Always been fascinated by Polyus, haven't really heard of Zenith Star beyond the name. Anyone have any links to more information about the latter?

Go up higher in the thread and see where I posted a pdf of a Government Accountability Office report on Zenith Star.  That includes an illustration.

An interesting bit of trivia is that in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan visited a defense contractor and posed in front of a mockup of Zenith Star.  I believe that the same contractor built a mockup of a launch vehicle for it, and that mockup was actually assembled from an old MOL mockup that had been sitting in storage since the 1960s.

For storage read a farmers field.

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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #26 on: 11/29/2009 03:04 PM »
Always been fascinated by Polyus, haven't really heard of Zenith Star beyond the name. Anyone have any links to more information about the latter?

Go up higher in the thread and see where I posted a pdf of a Government Accountability Office report on Zenith Star.  That includes an illustration.

An interesting bit of trivia is that in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan visited a defense contractor and posed in front of a mockup of Zenith Star.  I believe that the same contractor built a mockup of a launch vehicle for it, and that mockup was actually assembled from an old MOL mockup that had been sitting in storage since the 1960s.

For storage read a farmers field.
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Re: The Soviet Polyus-Skif laser battle station
« Reply #27 on: 05/15/2017 02:33 AM »
Thirty years ago, on May 15, 1987, the Soviet Union launched the Energia rocket. What was known only to a small number of Soviet engineers and politicians, was that the launch vehicle carried test equipment for a space-based laser battlestation known as Polyus-Skif.

You can read about that here:

http://www.airspacemag.com/space/soviet-star-wars-8758185/?c=y&page=1

Soviet Star Wars
The launch that saved the world from orbiting laser battle stations.


By Dwayne A. Day And Robert G. Kennedy III
Air & Space Magazine, January 01, 2010

It sounds like something from a James Bond movie: a massive satellite, the largest ever launched, equipped with a powerful laser to take out the American anti-missile shield in advance of a Soviet first strike. It was real, though—or at least the plan was. In fact, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev walked out of the October 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, because President Ronald Reagan wouldn't abandon his Strategic Defense Initiative, or SDI, the Soviets were closer to fielding a space-based weapon than the United States was. Less than a year later, as the world continued to criticize Reagan for his "Star Wars" concept, the Soviet Union launched a test satellite for its own space-based laser system, which failed to reach orbit. Had it succeeded, the cold war might have taken a different turn.

The spacecraft was known as Polyus-Skif. "Polyus" is Russian for "pole," as in the north pole. "Skif" referred to the Scythians, an ancient tribe of warriors in central Asia—and the European equivalent of "barbarian."
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