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China Jamming Test Sparks U.S. Satelite Concers
    #6139556 - 10/06/06 06:48 AM (16 years, 5 months ago)

I havn't heard anything about this from the major media on the television (but then again I havn't been watching alot of T.V. either),
but I think this is a major developement.



China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, a U.S. agency said, in an action that exposed the potential vulnerability of space systems that provide crucial data to American troops and consumers around the world.

The Defense Department remains tight-lipped about details, including which satellite was involved or when it occurred.

The issue looms large, given that U.S. military operations have rapidly grown more reliant on satellite data for everything from targeting bombs to relaying communications to spying on enemy nations.

Critical U.S. space assets include a constellation of 30 Global Positioning Satellites that help target bombs and find enemy locations. This system is also widely used in commercial applications, ranging from car navigation systems to automatic teller machines.

But there is growing concern among lawmakers about U.S. efforts to develop such anti-satellite weapons.

Our enemies do not need bombs to bring us to our knees, just jam our satelites and our economy will crumble overnight.

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Re: China Jamming Test Sparks U.S. Satelite Concers [Re: gregorio]
    #6139900 - 10/06/06 09:43 AM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Maybe the thought that they are not invincible will keep the US Government from invading other countries without provocation in the future...

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Re: China Jamming Test Sparks U.S. Satelite Concers [Re: gregorio]
    #6140023 - 10/06/06 10:53 AM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Lou Dobbs did a piece on this, but then it was virtually buried the next day.

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Re: China Jamming Test Sparks U.S. Satelite Concers [Re: gregorio]
    #6141280 - 10/06/06 06:20 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)

Real national defense concerns don't make news.


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Re: China Jamming Test Sparks U.S. Satelite Concers [Re: gregorio]
    #6141348 - 10/06/06 06:54 PM (16 years, 5 months ago)


gregorio said:
Our enemies do not need bombs to bring us to our knees, just jam our satelites and our economy will crumble overnight.

Presently they can't do that, according to USA Today ( http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-10-05-satellite-laser_x.htm?POE=TECISVA ) it's extraordinarily difficult to actually take down a satellite with a laser.

At present, the most the Chinese can do is temporarily blind them, and even then, only when they have a ground line-of-sight. That means satellites in geo-synchronous orbit not over China, as well as satellites that don't normally cross over China, would be immune even from temporary blindness. Furthermore, the DoD seems convinced that lower-orbit satellites can't be hit, probably because the lower orbit means a faster velocity.

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