MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Space Force, which is an independent Armed Forces arm, has turned four years. "The command center of the Russian Space Force began to control the country's orbital group and the entire ground infrastructure exactly four years ago. The period under review has confirmed the correct nature of the National Security Council's decision to establish the Space Force and the decision to issue the required presidential decree," a Space Force spokesman said.
The Russian Space Force mostly aimed to maintain its forces and resources in early 2005, to expand their combat readiness and potential and to streamline routine troop activity and personnel training programs.
"We paid special attention to ensuring the long-term development of weapons systems and their basic combat-use aspects," Space Force commander Col.-Gen. Vladimir Popovkin told a session of the Space Force's military council that summed up the results of the winter-time personnel-training program.
Space-center crews launched three military spacecraft this past winter. Another military spacecraft is now being readied for launch. Moreover, the Space Force launched six spacecraft in line with Russia's federal space programs, international-cooperation programs and commercial programs.
According to General Popovkin, Space Force crews and duty units did not make any mistakes that could have postponed rocket-launch deadlines, and that could have relayed false reports to superior command centers. Nor did they violate standard operation-and-maintenance regimes.
Duty units of the main center for testing and controlling spacecraft controlled spacecraft on more than 100,000 occasions. The center's personnel managed to operate spacecraft that have expended their service life, as well as spacecraft that cannot be used completely in line with their designation.
Early-warning systems, as well as specialized space-control systems, detected six Russian and foreign ballistic-missile launches. They also tracked 37 spacecraft being inserted into preset orbits.
Early-warning systems, as well as specialized space-control systems, tracked another 23 spacecraft.
Moreover, they warned about 18 dangerous approaches involving the International Space Station and other spacecraft. Their units monitored the destruction of 24 space objects and 42 maneuvers that involved foreign and Russian spacecraft.
A laser-optical radar of the Krona complex was placed on combat duty in line with the Space Force's military-development plan. Work is proceeding apace to build Angara and Soyuz-2 launch pads at the Plesetsk space center in European Russia's north.