US reveals defense plan to prevent Russian-Chinese control of outer space
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States wants to stop China and Russia from gaining control of outer space and will turn to the Allies for help – this is stated in the new “Defense and Space Strategy”, published by the Pentagon on Wednesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
This strategic document was the first program of its kind since US President Donald Trump announced the creation of a new military unit, the US Space Forces, in December.
“China and Russia pose the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing and deployment of space defense equipment,” the report said.
The program claims that China and Russia are using their new weapons as a means of reducing the military effectiveness of the United States and its allies and are challenging American freedom of action in space, Yahoo News reports.
The strategy emphasizes that the United States will seek to maintain its superiority in space, in particular by protecting the GPS satellites on which the military, as well as emergency services, transportation and even financial services, depend.
“The US will help share the burden [of countering Russia and China] with our allies and partners,” the document says.
China is putting billions of dollars into space and putting many satellites into orbit. Russia is planning a test launch of its heavy Angara launch vehicle at the end of this year and continues to develop its new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, American media recall.
Four days ago, the Electron rocket successfully launched into space three satellites of the United States National Aerospace Intelligence Agency (NRO) and NASA small spacecraft. This was reported by the American media company Rocket Lab.
The rocket was launched from the launch site of the Rocket Lab company on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand at 5.12 UTC (at 8.12 Moscow time). The devices managed to enter orbit in an hour. The US side did not disclose data on NRO satellites.
Earlier this month, it became known that the United States Space Development Agency will deploy an orbiting constellation of satellites, which are expected to protect against attacks by hypersonic missiles, by 2022, Spacenews.com reported.
The idea of placing a group of spacecraft in low Earth orbits in recent months has been very popular in the United States. Representatives of the Pentagon have long been putting forward the idea of using the cosmic sensor layer in low Earth orbit.
This group, in addition, is seen as a way of detecting and tracking hypersonic cruise missiles of a potential enemy, which may miss existing missile attack warning systems.
By 2022 or 2023, the United States plans to deploy an early version of a hypersonic missile warning network of 70 spacecraft with a wide and medium field of view.
Also in early June, it became known that Russia created from four satellites of the Tundra type a base space segment of a missile attack warning system (SPRN), which allows continuous monitoring of positional areas of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the United States for missile launches. This was reported by TASS a source in the military-industrial complex.
“By launching the fourth spacecraft of the Tundra type from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on May 22nd, the unified space system (CEN)“ Kupol ”was brought to the minimum staffing level,” the agency’s interlocutor said, adding that the spacecraft complete the task in full orbit.
According to him, the “Dome” allows you to track any launches of ballistic missiles and space rockets from the United States.
The new space warning system “Dome” should become the basis of the space echelon of the missile attack warning system.
In May, it was reported that the prototype of the new Chinese manned spacecraft successfully completed the first test flight, landing in the calculated area.
The ship was launched in unmanned test mode on Monday with the help of the Long March 5B heavy rocket and, using seven consecutive maneuvers, was launched into an elliptical orbit around the Earth with the apogee of 8 thousand kilometers.
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