Category Archives: Space

Military Gears Up for Space Warfare | Washington Free Beacon

Pentagon, military, and intelligence officials outlined plans on Wednesday for warfare in space and warned China not to attack U.S. satellites in any future conflict.

“The threats are real, they’re technologically advanced and they’re a concern,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, in testimony before a House subcommittee. “We are quickly approaching the point where every satellite in every orbit can be threatened.”

Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said that the threat of attacks on satellites in orbit is no longer a theoretical concern.

“Quite frankly, it’s one thing to anticipate an imaginary threat,” Loverro said. “It’s another thing to see that threat develop, watch it be exercised as with the Chinese on several occasions, recognize what it can do to our capability, and react to that. And that’s what we’re doing right now, is reacting to it and making it very clear we have no desire to have a conflict extend to space.”

Military Gears Up for Space Warfare | Washington Free Beacon

China is using its earnings from China-US trade to point big guns (missiles) at the US and to destroy US satellites. Still think trading with a country that behaves like this is a good idea?

Delusional thinking in the West pushed more and more trade toward China. All those cheap products from China will certainly make life better over in America. Except all those geniuses forgot to factor in the probability of war.

Why would China want to go to war against the US? If you have to ask that question then just go home.You haven’t been paying attention.

The “China Dream” demands that China reaches its past glory. Right now the US and Japan stand in its way. Given the internal instability of China, the current regime is at risk of revolution in some form. Aggressively pushing outward toward its neighbors is one way to redirect people’s attention and achieve the China Dream. However, that aggressiveness could very well lead to war. China is preparing for that war.

 

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat | Washington Free Beacon

China’s recent test of a missile designed to shoot down satellites in low-earth orbit highlights a growing threat of space weapons, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday.

Adm. Cecil D. Haney, head of the Omaha-based nuclear forces command, also voiced worries about the strategic nuclear forces buildup by Russia and China, and said as commander he must assume North Korea is correct in claiming to have miniaturized a nuclear warhead for its missile forces.

Haney also warned about the use of sophisticated cyber attacks by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL.

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat | Washington Free Beacon

New Report Finds China’s Space Plans Threaten U.S. Military Ability – Bloomberg Business

China is developing space technologies aimed at blocking U.S. military communications and destroying its ability to win conflicts, according to a report commissioned by a panel created by the U.S. Congress.

“China’s improving space capabilities have negative-sum consequences for U.S. military security,” the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation said in the report. Its progress requires “the U.S. to prepare to confront an adversary possessing space and counter-space technologies.”

“China’s goal is to become a space power on par with the United States and to foster a space industry that is the equal of those in the United States, Europe, and Russia,” according to the report, which was prepared for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

“With improved military capabilities, and the potential for growth in the commercial aerospace industry, China’s development” of space technologies will allow it to “more effectively wield international power,” the commission said in a press release on Monday.

New Report Finds China’s Space Plans Threaten U.S. Military Ability – Bloomberg Business

Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare ‘Selenelion’

“The little-used name for this effect is called a “selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.”

Observers of Wednesday morning’s total lunar eclipse might be able to catch sight of an extremely rare cosmic sight.

On Oct. 8, Interested skywatchers should attempt to see the total eclipse of the moon and the rising sun simultaneously. The little-used name for this effect is called a “selenelion,” a phenomenon that celestial geometry says cannot happen.

And indeed, during a lunar eclipse, the sun and moon are exactly 180 degrees apart in the sky. In a perfect alignment like this (called a “syzygy”), such an observation would seem impossible. But thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, the images of both the sun and moon are apparently lifted above the horizon by atmospheric refraction. This allows people on Earth to see the sun for several extra minutes before it actually has risen and the moon for several extra minutes after it has actually set. [How to See the Total Lunar Eclipse (Visibility Maps)]

Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare ‘Selenelion’

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

[US] Space race a security threat to China, warns PLA think tank report | South China Morning Post

“A few countries have speeded up development of spacebased offensive weapons, setting up space combat forces, issuing space war doctrines as well as organising space offensive and defensive drills,” the report said, according to China News Service.

It said the report also claimed that space superpowers had actively developed space-to-land, space-to-sea and space-to-air attack capabilities using ballistic missiles, near-space aircraft, spacecraft and atmospheric vehicles as well as other new space weapons.

These “have caused critical threats to China’s space security”, the report said.

It did not name which nations had challenged China, but military experts say it hinted at the United States.

“China feels a great threat from the US, which is increasingly monitoring Beijing through its mature reconnaissance technologies,” said Professor He Qisong , an expert on space at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. These included optical and radar-imaging technologies and satellites that delivered early warnings on missile launches, He said.

Space race a security threat to China, warns PLA think tank report | South China Morning Post

Russia may carry out joint astronautic projects with China – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin – The Voice of Russia

“We may take on a project with China. We’ve agreed upon holding negotiations with our Chinese colleagues during the upcoming Universal Exposition in the city of Harbin, China, in June,” Rogozin said. Moreover, Russia may work on some projects with other countries, like India.

As for China, Rogozin said that the country “is making progress very fast; Russia congratulates its Chinese colleagues with their success in the astronautic sphere.”

Russia still doesn’t see any commercial sense in its participation in the ISS project after 2020, as the project requires one third of the budget allotted to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Dmitry Rogozin told journalists.

Russia may carry out joint astronautic projects with China – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin – The Voice of Russia

Russia wants to restrict U.S. from space station over Ukraine sanctions | New York Post

Russia cast doubt on the long-term future of the International Space Station, a showcase of post-Cold War cooperation, as it retaliated on Tuesday against U.S. sanctions over Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Moscow would reject a U.S. request to prolong the orbiting station’s use beyond 2020. It will also bar Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines to launch military satellites.

Moscow took the action, which also included suspending operation of GPS satellite navigation system sites on its territory from June, in response to U.S. plans to deny export licences for high-technology items that could help the Russian military.

Russia wants to restrict U.S. from space station over Ukraine sanctions | New York Post

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

General: Strategic Military Satellites Vulnerable to Attack in Future Space War | Washington Free Beacon

U.S. strategic military satellites are vulnerable to attack in a future space war and the Pentagon is considering a major shift to smaller satellites in response, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said Tuesday.

Gen. William Shelton said in a speech that China currently has a missile that can destroy U.S. satellites and warned that the threat of both space weapons and high-speed orbiting debris is growing.

The threat of attack to large communications and intelligence satellites is prompting a major study on whether to diversify the current satellite arsenal of scores of orbiters.

General: Strategic Military Satellites Vulnerable to Attack in Future Space War | Washington Free Beacon