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Sunday, August 15, 2004

Pentagon ready to weaponise space

August 15, 2004
Speculation has begun on Chinese weapons of satellite destruction even while the Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” are still in the news. The Pentagon’s latest report on Chinese military power makes a passing reference to the possible Chinese plans to develop “parasitic” microsatellites. These small satellites could attach themselves to the US satellites and then disrupt and destroy them on ground command.

The Pentagon report cites a Hong Kong news report of 2001 which said that China had already ground-tested such a satellite and will soon test it in space. ...

The US is developing the Experimental Satellite System (XSS) consisting of a series of microsatellites smaller than 100 kg. The XSS-10, weighing about 28 kg, was successfully launched last year. It could also be used to stun or disable a large satellite. ... FR Reprint.

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