The Asian Space Race
Upstart China challenges the United States by blasting a satellite out of orbit.
North Korea lobs a missile over Japan, prompting Tokyo to initiate a multi-billion dollar spy satellite program. India is readying a lunar mission, while rival Pakistan makes headlines with a new, improved warhead.
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Attached Photo: Photos: AP, U.S. Geological Survey, Illustration by T.J. Standish, FLORIDA TODAY.
I am surprised no one has tackled this Thread yet considering that current war tactics dictate that if you rule the skies you rule the war. The US has so far been very successful in their invasions because of air attacks which can hit with pin point precision. Now, consider a satellite that can do something from even higher up - now that is real power. Place that power in the hands of your enemy and we are talking something VERY serious here.
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Pentagon worried by China in space and cyberspace
China is developing weapons that would disable its enemies' space technology such as satellites in a conflict, the Pentagon said in a report.
New details of Chinese space weapons revealed:
"China is pursuing a broad and robust array of counterspace capabilities, which includes direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles, co-orbital anti-satellite systems, computer network operations, ground-based satellite jammers and directed energy weapons," A late draft of the commission's annual report states. Ref. Source 9d
With China working so hard on getting more and more into space I think it will be both helpful and harmful to all. Granted the whole space race to have the best weapon for blowing ourselves up is the bad part because everyone knows we keep spending countless amounts of money on inventing new and exciting ways to kill each other.
On the good side I think this will stimulate scientific growth that will allow us to take some nice steps to being able to explore more of the solar system we are in and maybe even explore the possibilities of a permanate colony on the moon and mars.
China Developing Advanced Spaceship That Can Land on the Moon:
The newspaper Science and Technology Daily cited spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian as saying the new craft would be recoverable and have room for multiple astronauts. Ref. Source 5m.