US Intel Chief: Chinese Space Station is a Threat to National Security – Futurism

Posted: May 16, 2021 at 12:54 pm

The report claims China wants to create destructive antisatellite weapons.Low-Orbit Security Threat

The US Director of National Intelligence released a report last month claiming Chinas upcoming space station poses a threat to national security.

China intends to launch a space station into low-Earth orbit in order to gain the military, economic, and prestige benefits that Washington has accrued from space leadership, according to the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communityreport released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report said that its a part of Beijings bigger effort to compromise US security.

[The Peoples Liberation Army] will continue to integrate space services such as satellite reconnaissance and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) and satellite communications into its weapons and command-and-control systems to erode the US militarys information advantage, the report said.

The report also said that China is readying counterspace weapons to target US satellites.

Beijing continues to train its military space elements and field new destructive and nondestructive ground- and space-based antisatellite (ASAT) weapons, the report said.

That means theyre developing things such as spacecraft that can intercept and capture US satellites and/or Earth-based lasers that can disrupt them.

The report continued, China has already fielded ground-based ASAT missiles intended to destroy satellites in LEO and ground-based ASAT lasers probably intended to blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors on LEO satellites.

This is part of a growing call from experts for the US to prepare a space defense system. In fact, many claim that the USs current satellite infrastructure is very vulnerable to attacks from opposing nations.

Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report titled Defense Against the Dark Arts in Space: Protecting Space Systems from Counterspace Weapons in February. It details countermeasures the US can take to defend against antisatellite weapons.

As technologies surrounding space travel become more sophisticated, its only a matter of time before we figure out a way to weaponize them. It wouldnt be a bad idea then if we figured out a few defense systems while were at it.

READ MORE: Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community [The Office of the Director of National Intelligence]

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