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Originally posted by Mr.E
I was wondering how would the military take out enemy satellites? GPS guidance is out of the question. Would it be ground based radar to track it and send a missle? Just curious, I imagine it to be hard for a missle to manuever into position when reaching space to knock out a satellite that could be orbiting the earth at a fast speed. Also do satellites have counter measures? perhaps changing there orbital trajectory? and if so do incoming missles have the ability to change its trajectory in outer orbit as well given that there is no/little atomsphere to allow it to manuever?
The MIRACL was built in 1980 and has been doing so amny successful intercepts of target ssincet the 80's,hell the navy shot down a misisle in 1978 with a laser and made a baseline demonstrator in 1973.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
There's the F-15 ASAT program. And more recently a laser test used an old USAF sattelite to see if they could hit it or not. Sorry, I forgot the name of the laser, but it's a new system.