While the Obama administration has done everything it can to limit NASA’s capabilities, enemies continue their advancements that give them increased leverage over the United States. The USA is outright handing it to them, including hitching rides into space. Regardless of what the spokesman said, defensive capabilities in space is in fact also the weaponization of space. In political, as well as military speak, offense (preemptive strike) is also the best defense.
Russia’s building a system to neutralize space weapons as it prepares to send a man to Mars and build a permanent moon base, President Vladimir Putin and members of his government said.
Russia will have the technical means by 2030 to counteract threats from space by other countries, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a government meeting near the country’s new cosmodrome in the Far East today. Until then, Russia will continue to expand its orbital capabilities to monitor potential threats and prevent rocket attacks, Rogozin said.
“Russia has been and will remain a steadfast opponent of the militarization of space,” said Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman. Putin said he’s considering creating a space ministry to oversee the industry.
The new facility is on schedule to handle its first rocket launch by 2015 and its first manned mission by 2018, according to Putin.
Roscosmos is working on a new “super-heavy” rocket for the Mars mission, Vladimir Popovkin, the head of the agency, said today.
Russia last month signed an agreement with Europe’s space agency for a joint unmanned mission to Mars to search for signs of life beyond Earth.
Russia is also pushing forward with plans to establish a permanent base on the Moon for scientific study, Rogozin said, without elaborating.
Full article: Putin Builds Space-Weapon Deterrent as Russia Target Mars, Moon (Bloomberg)