Chinese Satellite Buster Missile

Cannot help admiring the Chinese. By showing their ability to accurately take out a satellite, they have taken the wind out of the Western Power’s approach to modern conventional (as against nuclear) warfare …


For communications through satellite lie at at the heart of the new technological war that the US ( for example) is employing. From unmanned Drones used to bomb targets in Afghanistan, to pinpointing targets for tactical air strikes, to strategic communication to ground forces. The edge of modern convential warfare lies in communication. And therefore cutting the risk to the military personell in the air and on the ground.
The Chinese have now shown that in any such warfare, they can force the US to rely on sheer numbers on the ground and motivations of the soldiers. Something the US soldiers lack. Or just greater firepower.
So what happens if Iraq had these missiles, or if Hamas had them, or now Iran gets them. The tragic truth is that without them the US and Israel would have to depend upon sheer firepower that was far less accurate. That would have led to far more civilian casualties than the horrendous numbers we have already seen in Iraq and Lebanon recently.
It’s an interesting deterrent though. No longer perhaps do we have to create nuclear arsenals in the name of defense. Just the ability to knock out communications satellites could through a whole nation into chaos.
On the other hand, when the US bombed the AL Jazeera offices in Kabul, they could have taken out the satellite they use. Knocking them completely off the air. But soon somebody can knock the whole Fox channel off the air. Bet u all the defense strategists all over the world are pouring over this. China has really started something here.
Satellites are quite an old technology. I suspect that nanotechnology will come in with the new satellites, as small as my hand, but capable of reflecting back trillions of bits of information.
And further down, infinitely small nanoparticles that bond together through Dark Matter so barely visible. Spreading like an invisible flexible sheet 10 miles above the Earth.
Stuff of Science fiction, this.
Shekhar

2 Responses to “Chinese Satellite Buster Missile”

  1. Rudra says:

    I think the world is now well and surely trapped in this negative spiral of developing darker and more sinister offensive technologies based out in space – we cannot recover from this eleventh hour frenzy to dominate eachother.
    Its a kind of power lust and now India is going to be cought up in it too – i am not sure fortunately or unfortunately. Destabilising deep space networks is not going to acceptable for US or Russia , China or Europe – nor for India either. what will that mean ? US will now invest and / or unleash more lethal , more sophisticated technologies to dominate space – as will Russia India and China.
    An america without its satellites is a doomsday scenario . It will or may react by launching several of its self guided nuclear ICBMs against the country which disrupted its Space network. Now thats going to be the tricky part. how will they ever know ?
    As for the land based forces , US and other advanced countries are already investing into creating a totally cloned/genetically altered Humanoid soldiers who have no human feelings in them – just humanoid robot soldiers that obey and conduct warfare with a brutality unknown to human history – this is not science fiction – its already happening.
    With missile defences and beam weapons and killer satellites and humanoid soldiers , a third world war , will be a spectacular annihilation of a different kind – and it would not have happened the first time either in the long human history.
    Being good may be the only scientific thing left to do then.

  2. Nav says:

    Looking at man’s leaps in destructive technology in last 20 years, I think mankind is programmed for its own destruction over and over again.
    I think the Vimanas, an assortment of astras and vishnu avatars mentioned in ancient hindu texts refer to a mass destruction of population.
    It’s a pity that madness of some drives lives of millions. But then there should not be any pity. Because these millions are either depraved or weak. We have become worshippers of the body or of its destruction.

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