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A Vulnerable U.S. Really Does Need a Space Force

Posted by hkarner - 13. Mai 2019

Date: 12-05-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Jim Sciutto

China and Russia are developing new weapons that can attack crucial American satellites, and the U.S. has been slow to respond to the danger

In May 2014, a small team at the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California noticed something they had never seen before. A Russian rocket had lofted a communications satellite into space, along with what appeared to be the usual collection of space junk—ranging in size from massive spent rocket stages down to chips of paint. But a few weeks later, one piece of that “junk” came to life.

The team at the space operations center watched for the next few days as that seeming piece of space debris made 11 close approaches to one of the rocket’s discarded stages. Such an elaborate space dance would be possible only if the object had thrusters and enough fuel to maneuver very precisely. These are the basic capabilities necessary for what defense experts call a “kamikaze satellite”—that is, one capable of zeroing in on other satellites to attack them. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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