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China’s military recently launched three small satellites into orbit as part of Beijing’s covert anti-satellite warfare program, according to a U.S. official. The three satellites, launched July 20 by a Long March-4C launcher, were later detected conducting unusual maneuvers in space indicating the Chinese are preparing to conduct space warfare against satellites, said the official who is familiar with intelligence reports about the satellites.
Originally posted by kevinduhand
feels more like UFO than satellites, what do you guys think?
The Air Force's Experimental Satellite System-11, or XSS-11 for short, is a vision of the future, pointing toward a time when satellites flying on orbit will be refueled, resupplied, repaired, repositioned or removed from space.
XSS-11 was launched April 11, 2005, on a Minotaur I rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Minotaur is a refurbished Minuteman missile.
In numerous tests since then, the 300-lb., dishwasher sized microsatellite successfully rendezvoused with the upper stage of its depleted launch rocket, which is nearby in space. XSS-11 approached as close as 1,500 feet from the discarded rocket.
A small maneuverable satellite could inspect larger U.S. satellites for accidental or hostile damage. Such a seek-and-diagnose satellite could be sent to space as needed, or one could be attached to a larger satellite at launch and then detach itself to scout around after arrival in orbit. That capability also might be of use during civilian space shuttle flights