[Ed. – It’s a tough pill to swallow, but this became inevitable with the acceleration of the information age. If Russia doesn’t do it, someone else will. As the article notes, the U.S. already publishes space data that includes some Russian military/spy satellites. The concern here is not that the public will have the data — a lot of other countries have it, and their capabilities to do something with it are a more significant worry – but that the U.S. government is so backward in its preparations for a modern, high-information world of cyber and space activities.]
Russia’s own data on near-Earth objects – including military satellites not covered by the open catalog of the North-American warning system NORAD – could soon be made publicly available as a comprehensive database, Russian media report.
Russia is planning to set up a free database on thousands of near-Earth objects, including those not publicly listed in open catalogs of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.
NORAD doesn’t only track Santa at Christmas – its database also provides details on thousands of satellites launched, destroyed or still functioning. While the catalog does not disclose data on America’s own military or dual-use satellites (or those of allies – Japan, France, Germany and Israel among them), as Izvestia says, it does feature Russia’s defense satellites. …
Russia’s proposal to create the UN-run database reportedly encountered US resistance, with a diplomatic source explaining to Izvestia: “The Americans want to keep their monopoly on regulating outer space traffic… Plus, the US military is not keen on disclosing information on a number of defense-related objects.”