Skip to comments.China's potential anti-satellite test sparks big concerns in US
Posted on 01/14/2013 7:44:12 AM PST by BenLurkin
.... for several months, rumors have been circulating within the United States defense and intelligence communities that a Chinese anti-satellite test is imminent. It might be conducted on Jan. 11, the date on which China performed ASAT operations in both 2007 and 2010.
Our hope is that getting this out in the open can facilitate a meaningful bilateral dialogue on space security, or, at the very least, get the Obama administration to explain why it refuses to talk to the Chinese about their plans to test, Kulacki told Space.com.
If indeed a China ASAT test is on the horizon, what about potential U.S. reaction? Space.com asked several experts to comment on this prospect:
What type of target? The condemnation that accompanied Chinas first ASAT test was more because of the debris it created, not because it was an ASAT test. The second ASAT test hardly sparked a ripple, said Marcia Smith, a respected space policy analyst and editor of SpacePolicyOnline.com. [10 Most Destructive Space Weapon Concepts]
Advertise | AdChoicesAdvertise | AdChoices Advertise | AdChoices .I think the reaction to the next one, whenever it is, will depend on what type of target (low-Earth orbit, medium-Earth orbit e.g. Global Positioning System satellites) it threatens and whether it is conducted to avoid creating long-lived debris, Smith said.
This all assumes that, if it is targeted against a satellite, it is one of Chinas own satellites, Smith said. If there is any inkling that it is aimed at another countrys satellite
that, of course, would be an entirely different matter.
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“Our hope is that getting this out in the open can facilitate a meaningful bilateral dialogue on space security...”
Alert, alert...totally b*ll-less, wimpolid, libtard speech pattern here.
Translation: “Go ahead and do it because we are so limp wristed that we couldn’t even clean our own fingernails.”
yep. the enemy f@rt in the direction of
‘open a meaningful dialogue’