World War Three in SPACE? Fears over rise in anti-satellite weapons created by Russia

The United States remains the undisputed dominant power in space, but Russia and China are aggressively seeking to challenge the country’s superiority with space programmes of their own.James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, stressed his concerns as he accused Russia and China of “developing capabilities” to take out American satellites.

He said China in particular, had demonstrated the “need to interfere with, damage, and destroy” US satellites, referring to a series of Chinese anti-satellite missile tests that began in 2007.

No satellites were destroyed but that was because Beijing was “testing to miss rather than hit”.

According to a report in Scientific American, there are many ways to disable and destroy satellites beyond blowing them up, making them extremely vulnerable to attack.

A spaceship could simply spray paint over the optics of a satellite, snap off its communications antennas or destabilise its orbit.

Lasers have also been created to temporarily disable or permanently damage a satellite’s components in space from Earth.

Full article: World War Three in SPACE? Fears over rise in anti-satellite weapons created by Russia (Express)

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