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Washington's Missile Defense Agency has earmarked $68 million for what some believe is the first step for putting weapons in space, ABC News reported Tuesday.
Known as the Near Field Infrared Experiment or NFIRE satellite, it is primarily designed to gather data on exhaust plumes from rockets launched from earth.
As a result, military officials say the $68 million item in the 2005 budget is a defensive, rather than offensive project.
But, critics point out, the satellite will also contain a smaller "kill vehicle," a projectile that takes advantage of the kinetic energy of objects traveling through low-Earth orbit (which move at several times the speed of a bullet) to disable or destroy an oncoming missile or another orbiting satellite.
Originally posted by Murcielago
What about a black background?
believe that no one will really be able to own space, mainly because I believe when we get to the point of major space projects and exploration, that the world will unify under one global government.
Originally posted by slank
[Harping on a theme] In space mostly only energy wave weapons will make much sense. Newton's law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Firing projectile weapons will knock you out of position. It is possible to use a rocket powered projectile, but you would have to hold it out to the side of your position and fire it, but even then you couldn't be behind the trail of it's path, because the exhaust would also shift your position away from your target.