Tuesday, April 12, 2005

SPACE WAR - ATTACK SATELLITES COMING SOON...

The US Air Force has launched a micro-satellite that could lead to an autonomous robotic mechanic that fixes satellites in orbit. The launch is the first of two such technology-demonstration satellites to lift off this week.

...the XSS-11 satellite could be the predecessor for a space-based weapon. If a micro-satellite could approach other satellites, she says, it could also adjust its speed and ram into the satellite, damaging it or knocking it off course. And smaller satellites are more difficult to detect from the ground.

The weaponization of space will be an absolute necessity over the next 25 years as more and more countries start to rely on space-based systems for their command-and-control functions. We cannot let any other country beat us to this. If we want to remain a superpower, dominating space must be a top priority...