US and Japan arm satellites against China attack: Businessweek

C426X0151H_2013資料照片_N71_copy1The China Money Report – by D. Collins

The United States and Japan are in the early stages of integrating their
space programs to prevent China from stalking their satellites, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

The Chinese were probably testing a mobile rocket booster for an
antisatellite weapon last May under the name of science space mission,
said Brian Weeden, a retired US Air Force officer. As Weeden described,
the weapon could reach targets in geostationary orbit about 22,236 miles
above the equator.  

The range is the stomping grounds of expensive US spacecraft that monitor
battlefield movements, detect heat from the early stages of missile launches,
and help orchestrate drone fleets, making any activity there worrisome to
Washington. China has launched at least six antisatellite missile tests
since the destruction of a defunct Chinese weather satellite in 2007.
American and Japanese analysts say China has the most aggressive
satellite attack program in the world.

In addition, Lance Gatling, president of Nexial Research, an aerospace
consultant in Tokyo, said that China has studied ground-based lasers that
could take down a satellite’s solar panels and satellites equipped with
grappling arms that could co-orbit and then disable expensive US hardware.
Bremner added that the United States is most vulnerable to a Chinese laser
attack since 43% of all satellites in orbit belong to the Pentagon or
American companies,

China is also dispatching a fleet of smaller, mobile satellites such as the
GF-1 that would be harder for adversaries to find and destroy. Their primary
mission is to locate and follow US satellites in orbit before the People’s
Liberation Army launches the attack against them. Lockheed Martin won a US$914
million contract from the United States Air Force on June to build a ground-
based radar system that will track objects as small as a baseball, which
could help identify a satellite attack as it is happening.

3 thoughts on “US and Japan arm satellites against China attack: Businessweek

    1. Yep, the Communist/Zionist grinches are making a list and checking it twice and finding out who’s naughty and nice.

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