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Protecting Military satellites will cost over $100 billion.

Yet another indication of the response to China's miitary tactics, stated to involve shooting down American Satellites.

February 1, 2008: The U.S. Air Force is asking Congress for more money to defend U.S. military satellites from potential attack.

This is largely in response to the Chinese test of an anti-satellite satellite last year. The air force wants more money for additional ground and space based sensors (radar, telescopes and electronic monitoring) to keep track of what's up there. This helps spot future launches of anti-satellite satellites.

In addition, the air force wants to do more research on anti-jamming (of signals between ground stations and satellites), and installing additional anti-jamming technology.

Finally, the air force wants to expand work on small replacement satellites. These can be launched via ICBMs, including those carried on navy nuclear subs.

No precise price has been put forward, mainly because getting all they want would cost over a hundred billion dollars. The air force is getting ready for some serious negotiations with Congress over what it will take to keep American satellites operational in wartime.

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By netchicken: posted on 3-2-2008

How many pieces and parts will be made in China?
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 3-2-2008

What china's "anti-satellite" weapon effectively is just like throwing a rock at something. There is no technology or some high tech contraption. We could have made that kind of junk in the 50s and so could the ruskies. The boys in the pentagon are just looking for a way to get a few extra dollars out of Congress.

The only way to beat those kind of weapons according to me would be building many smaller satellites with various instruments distributed in a cluster and functioning as a swarm instead of a single unit. That way the Chinese will have to use many more to take out a 'satellite' and it would be a more futile exercise for them.
By IAF: posted on 3-2-2008

Golly, IAF, you are really cynical this week! And I thought I was in a bad mood the last couple three weeks. :worm
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 3-2-2008

What if you could track incoming "chinese rocks" and just move the satellite a little to avoid it?

Unless the chinese missiles broke up into seperate warheads, like a shotgun shell, they might be able to dodge them.
By netchicken: posted on 3-2-2008








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