American general warned about the risks of war in space for all mankind

Despite the risks of turning low-Earth orbit into a garbage dump, the American military leadership is actively implementing a space weapons program. The commander of the US Space Forces, General Chance Saltzman, in an interview with Newsweek, said that humanity will pay for the war in space for hundreds of years, but we need to be prepared for this.

If you shoot down a plane during a conventional war, it disappears from the air. If you sink a ship, it disappears from the sea lanes […] If you shoot down a satellite, it remains in orbit for hundreds of years, and its debris will create constant problems, especially as it accumulates in orbits during the course of the war. That is, as a result of space wars, our common property - space - can literally become clogged for many generations to come.

– Soltzman spoke about the consequences of a hypothetical war in space.

The American general claims that the US is trying to prevent conflict outside the Earth. He is sure that no country can afford to unleash a war in low Earth orbit. However, Russia, China and India have already tested the first samples of anti-satellite weapons, so Washington was forced to create and develop its own space forces.

Our space forces are trying to prevent conflict. We create protection before there is a need to protect anything. We tell ourselves, “We can’t afford this.” No one can afford a conflict that goes into space

General Saltzman said.
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  1. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 4 September 2023 12: 47
    The Russian Federation needs to establish a border in height, unilaterally, a territorial atmospheric space with a height of 10 km (the atmosphere ends) from sea level. This will minimize the US use of space to attack Russia. Officially, the law of the Russian Federation, where it is indicated at what height the border is, I do not know. Links to the press or other publications, foreign documents, this is from the Wishlist area. If anyone knows, let him write, specifically, where the number is indicated, the date of the document.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 4 September 2023 13: 49
      Replica. The territorial near-Earth space in height for the state of the Russian Federation needs to be determined, and probably limited to 1000 km, because too many objects are already located higher and it is not yet physically possible to comply with the restrictions. It’s time to introduce restrictions on the use of near-Earth space (even based on the experience of the exploitation of the highest peak of Everest, Chomolungma, restrictions have been introduced today), because private companies are already starting to operate, and this means the predatory use of individual subjects of the common near-Earth space with future big problems...