May 28th， 2022
According to a story by Asia Times on May 27th, 2022, it talks about how Chinese state researchers are calling for the development of anti-satellite capabilities against Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite internet constellation, saying the broadband system’s potential military applications are a very real threat to China’s national security.
Starlink consists of thousands of satellites in near-Earth orbit paired with ground terminals, giving its users high-speed internet access. With more than 2,300 satellites in operation, Starlink is considered a robust and durable system, capable of functioning even if some of its satellites were taken out.
But surely with Elon Musk investing Billions of dollars in mainland China with his very successful Tesla electric car factory all of his other companies will be safe right ?. Surely the so-called superpower of the Chinese Communist Party is not crazy or uneducated enough to take out satellites belonging to a multi-billion dollar trade partner ?
In a paper published last month in the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Modern Defense, a team of five senior scientists in China’s defence industry led by Ren Yuanzhen, a researcher with the Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications, stated that “a combination of soft and hard kill methods should be adopted to make some Starlink satellites lose their functions and destroy the constellation’s operating system.”
The team added that China should “vigorously develop countermeasures” against Starlink. The paper concludes by saying that the development of anti-Starlink capabilities is necessary for China “to maintain and obtain space advantages in the fierce space game.”
This seems to be the usual ‘modus operandi’ of the childlike, school bully, spoilt brat way the CCP does business. If they don’t like something they destroy it if they don’t understand something they destroy it, if they cannot copy it and exploit it they destroy it.
Communist China may further develop anti-satellite weapons that can take out multiple satellites in one shot. X-ray lasers are an example of this technology. The concept of X-ray lasers dates back to the 1970s when it was discovered that lasers amplified by ions have much higher energy than those amplified with gases, with nuclear explosions being envisioned as a power source for these powerful lasers.
The evil CCP will need all the help it can get if plans to invade Taiwan are to be carried out, so taking out a few satellites would give them an advantage over potential defence strategies that could be used by Taiwan friendly countries like the US and Japan, one thing is for sure communist China is not to be trusted so I am sure that everyone will be keeping an eye on them as the weeks and months go by.
For more information regarding this story simply click the link: China aims to take out Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites
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