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China's test of an anti-satellite weapon increased the number of space-debris pieces threatening U.S. and other nations' satellites by more than 9 percent, a senior Air Force Space Command official said.
Brig. Gen. C. Donald Alston, the command's director of space operations, told The Washington Times that the Jan. 11 test also triggered a comprehensive review of space-monitoring efforts within the military's primary space defense command.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Sorry but the US is in bad shape to talk, they are responsable for more than the half of space debris. And their 9%, they can put it where it belongs.
Originally posted by apc
So they created in 1 day 9% of the amount the US and Soviets managed to put up in 50 years?
Originally posted by iori_komei
This has been covered before, don't know where the threads are though.
Originally posted by Keyhole
Back when other countries where creating "space debris", including the US and USSR, the consequents were not known the way they are now.
Knowing this, now in this day and age, China still did it!
Originally posted by clearwater
It's called saber rattling.
Originally posted by Ahabstar
Yes it does cause a threat to commercal space traffic. But can you deny that doesn't hurt the prophecy that China will defeat the US without having to fire a shot? It was just a test after all.
Originally posted by PrepareForTheWorst
We are definitely setting ourselves up for bad times in the future with all of this space junk. When we finally start exploring more of the universe we are going to start running into this crap out there. Out of sight out of mind I guess!
Originally posted by kleverone
Apc makes a good point, better shielding development should be an issue as well, not only for the satellites but for ships as well if any real space traveling is to be done in the future. . .