Category Archives: Satellites

Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot | Washington Free Beacon

China last month conducted another test of a satellite-killing missile that reflects Chinese efforts to weaponize space, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said Wednesday.

“It’s very problematic to see China working to weaponize space in tests like this one they just had, and so [it’s] very concerning to me as the U.S. Strategic Command commander, and to our nation at large, given our dependency on that capability,” said Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command chief.

Haney, speaking to reporters after remarks to a Stratcom-sponsored conference on nuclear deterrence, also voiced worries about the recent increase in Russian strategic nuclear bomber incursions into U.S. air defense identification zones near Alaska and close to U.S. territory.

Stratcom: China Continuing to Weaponize Space with Latest Anti-Satellite Missile Shot | Washington Free Beacon

China Covers-up Anti-satellite Test, Again

As part of a push to develop weapons meant to cripple the core strengths of the U.S. military, China last week secretly tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon.

“That was deliberate misinformation,” said Richard Fisher, a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in a phone interview.

He said China’s People’s Liberation Army is targeting U.S. space assets in its military planning “to ensure their success in future wars.”

China Covers-up Anti-satellite Test, Again

China continues to explicitly target the US in its military buildup. Meanwhile, US leaders are too busy sleeping to react.

U.S., Japan Prepare to Defend Satellites From Chinese Attack – Businessweek

To defend themselves against China, the U.S. and Japan are in the early stages of integrating their space programs as part of negotiations to update their defense policy guidelines. In May, Washington and Tokyo discussed ways to coordinate their GPS systems to better track what’s going on in space and on the oceans. A recent Japanese cabinet decision eased long-standing limits on the military forces’ ability to come to the aid of allies under attack.

The U.S. is most vulnerable to a Chinese attack because 43 percent of all satellites in orbit belong to the U.S. military or U.S. companies, according to a Council on Foreign Relations report in May by Micah Zenko. Japan has four spy satellites in service, and a consortium of Japanese companies led by Sky Perfect Jsat Holdings (9412:JP) and NEC (6701:JP) is building two additional communication satellites that will transmit encrypted data. The U.S. has about 30 spy satellites in orbit.

U.S., Japan Prepare to Defend Satellites From Chinese Attack – Businessweek

Russia, China to combine efforts in satellite battle with US | WantChinaTimes.com

A Russian researcher told Huanqui that China and Russia are highly likely to cooperate in a joint satellite navigation system, given that they share a common competitor — the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The wise choice would be for Beijing and Moscow to install each other’s devices on the counterparts satellites, the researcher said.

During the 2nd Technoprom International Forum held in Novosibirsk in Russia on June 5-6, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said that cooperation between Russia and China in the field will not be limited to ground operational stations, but will also include reception devices and related infrastructure. “Our system is more suitable for northern, polar latitudes. The Chinese system is more southern. Their complementary natures would result in a biggest and most powerful competitor to any navigation system,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sergei Ivanov, chief of staff of the Presidential Administration of Russia, said that in addition to ground operational stations in China, Russia plans to construct 50 GLONASS ground operation stations with 36 countries. He said that negotiations with Nicaragua, Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia are underway, while agreements with Cuba and Spain have already been reached.

Russia, China to combine efforts in satellite battle with US | WantChinaTimes.com

Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities | Washington Free Beacon

China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday.

“The current and evolving counterpace threat posed by China to U.S. military operations in the Asia Pacific theater and outside is extremely serious,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a former State Department and National Security Council strategic specialist.

“And the threat ranks on par with the dangers posed by Chinese offensive cyber operations to the United States more generally,” said Tellis, now with the Carnegie Endowment.

Experts: China Boosts Space Warfare Capabilities | Washington Free Beacon

CIA, Pentagon trying to hinder construction of GLONASS stations in US

They fear that the structures could help Russia spy on the United States and improve the precision of Russian weaponry, the officials said. These monitor stations, the Russians contend, would significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of Moscow’s version of the Global Positioning System, the American satellite network that steers guided missiles to their targets and thirsty smartphone users to the nearest Starbucks.

In the meantime, CIA analysts reviewed the proposal and concluded in a classified report this fall that allowing the Russian monitor stations here would raise counterintelligence and other security issues.

The State Department does not think that is a strong argument, said an administration official. “It doesn’t see them as a threat”.

CIA, Pentagon trying to hinder construction of GLONASS stations in US

China Testing New Space Weapons | Washington Free Beacon

China last week conducted a test of a maneuvering satellite that captured another satellite in space during what Pentagon officials say was a significant step forward for Beijing’s space warfare program.

The satellite capture took place last week and involved one of three small satellites fitted with a mechanical arm that were launched July 20 as part of a covert anti-satellite weapons development program, said U.S. officials familiar with reports of the test.

One official described the satellite-grabbing spacecraft as a “mobile satellite launch vehicle.”

China Testing New Space Weapons | Washington Free Beacon

China Launches Three ASAT Satellites | Washington Free Beacon

China’s military recently launched three small satellites into orbit as part of Beijing’s covert anti-satellite warfare program, according to a U.S. official.

The three satellites, launched July 20 by a Long March-4C launcher, were later detected conducting unusual maneuvers in space indicating the Chinese are preparing to conduct space warfare against satellites, said the official who is familiar with intelligence reports about the satellites.

One of the satellites was equipped with an extension arm capable of attacking orbiting satellites that currently are vulnerable to both kinetic and electronic disruption.

China Launches Three ASAT Satellites | Washington Free Beacon

China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon

On July 29, a Chinese Long March-4C rocket blasted into space from the northern Taiyuan Space Center carrying three secretive, experimental satellites. Not really all that unusual by itself?—?a robotic arm reportedly on one of the satellites could be involved in testing for Beijing’s far-off space station program.

But once they were in orbit, the satellites began acting very, very strangely.

More precisely, one of the satellites, known as SY-7, was moving all over the place and was appearing to make close-in rendezvous’s with other satellites. It was so strange, space analysts wondered whether China was testing a new kind of space weapon?—?one that could intercept other satellites and more or less claw them to death.

China’s Mystery Satellite Could Be a Dangerous New Weapon — War is Boring — Medium

China Military: Translated report reveals high-tech plans for cyber attacks, anti-satellite strikes

China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report.

“As cyber technology continues to develop, cyber warfare has quietly begun,” the report concludes, noting that the ability to wage cyber war in space is vital for China’s military modernization.

According to the report, strategic warfare in the past was built on nuclear weapons. “But strategic warfare in the information age is cyber warfare,” the report said.

China Military Preparing for ‘People’s War’ in Cyberspace, Space | Washington Free Beacon