Satellite Missile Test

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Satellite Missile Test

Satellite Missile Test by China and What it Means for America?
China has conducted satellite missile tests to destroy aging weather satellites in the past. Their technology has no doubt been refined since their last test January, 2007. If China's intent is to simply eliminate aging satellites, that would be one thing. However, their satellite missile tests show that they have the capability of destroying U.S. satellites in low, medium, and high orbits around the earth. Satellites are critical to the U.S., not only for military use, but civilian use as well. If China were to shoot down a U.S. satellite, it could severely hinder the U.S.'s military communications capabilities. Military troops rely on satellites for reconnaissance, communications, navigation, etc. None of the military operations used today could function without space components including satellites. In the civilian sector, ATM's would be affected, first responders to crisis could be affected, air traffic control would suffer setbacks, the ability to monitor foreign radio and TV transmissions would be altered, cell phone communications, Internet service�all of these areas would be affected.

The threat to our security in space is growing. The space-based threat by China is complex. China has conducted exercises where they have "painted" U.S. satellites with ground-based lasers. This shows they have the capability to destroy those satellites. Being able to focus a laser on the satellite will allow them to launch a laser-guided missile to the satellite for destruction. And China is not alone in this capability. Other nations may also have ASAT capabilities. The Soviet Union had advanced ASAT capabilities during the Cold War. It is likely that such a program still exists today in some form. Iran may soon launch their own satellite, which suggests that a form of ASAT capability may be within their grasp. Any nation with nuclear weapons which are delivered using missiles including Pakistan, India, and North Korea to name a few, could eliminate satellites by detonating a High Electromagnetic Pulse weapon.

Find out more about China's satellite missile test and what implications it has on U.S. satellites in the article, China's Anti-Satellite Weapons and American National Security HERE. The U.S. would suffer significant setbacks if China shot down one or more of its satellites. Efforts need to be taken with missile defense to prevent this from happening.