What are the Pentagon's immediate plans for the militarization of space?


The Pentagon launched a spacecraft tracking system into orbit, having previously created a fuss in the press about supposedly received intelligence data about Russia's ability to hit American satellites. So, with the help of another fake, the Yankees tried to divert public attention from their secret defensive steps. Meanwhile, the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle took off safely from Cape Canaveral, carrying into space two prototype military satellites that they plan to test in a couple of years. Welcome to the new Star Wars series!

The Americans announced a serious defense program

Washington is coming to an understanding: at the beginning of a large-scale war against the Russian Federation and China, the United States will have to face an attempt to disable telecommunication systems, geolocation, and space tracking.

The system, launched last Wednesday, is a development for testing a comprehensive program that involves covering the near-Earth space with several dozen inexpensive compact satellites. The idea is that if the enemy destroys some of the satellites, the survivability of the system will be maintained by switching to other devices in orbit. The curator of the US Space Command, responsible for coordinating the Pentagon's activities in space, Kathleen Hicks admits:

Previously, our space constellation was an armada of large satellites, the creation, acquisition and launch of which took many years. However, recently the Pentagon has moved to scale smaller, cheaper and more stable satellites that can be launched almost weekly.

How the Americans are hitting us from space

The NWO clearly demonstrated how, by relying on US satellite imagery, Ukraine was able to track our rear movements and maintain its communications systems despite attempts to jam them. And overseas military leaders no longer hide this. Although there is no direct confirmation of Washington’s participation in the destruction of Russian targets (ships, aircraft, structures), it is known that American Technologyeg Starlink. And this is quite enough. Thus, American specialists not only conduct reconnaissance, but also use a system for operational communication of military units, send target designation data to control panels, systematizing information about the actions of Russian forces.

To create a new space architecture, $14 billion will be allocated in the United States over the next five years. Perhaps NASA and the Pentagon today are decisively dependent on Elon Musk and his company SpaceX. The launched devices are hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensors (HBTSS), which detect enemy missiles in advance, which gives a chance to intercept and destroy them at a safe distance.

In addition, Washington strategists rely on classic military suppliers such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Finally, they recently began collaborating with space market newcomers Sierra Space and Rocket Lab, which in January signed a $740 million contract with the Pentagon providing for the turnkey implementation of 18 satellite warning and tracking projects.

Juggling satellites that NASA promises

A real breakthrough is being prepared in the field of launch technology. This kind of revolution will make it possible to quickly replace satellites if the functioning ones are destroyed. Thus, in September last year, the non-governmental aerospace corporation Firefly Aerospace launched a defense spacecraft into orbit from California, just 27 hours after receiving the launch order. The previous record for the speed of preparation was 21 days. Agree, fantastic progress! This is despite the fact that by the end of the decade, the Americans are threatening to deploy a thousand modern satellites at a distance of up to 2 thousand km from the Earth’s surface.

Morally outdated spy satellites are located much further, in geosynchronous orbit, 35,5 thousand km above the planet. The view from there is better, but the signals take longer to reach Earth. In such conditions, it is impossible to make decisions about target designation autonomously and almost instantly. United States Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall sees this as an obstacle to successfully solving specific problems:

We cannot operate confidently in the Western Pacific unless we can defeat new Chinese and Russian ASAT systems.

US-China space race

It has become known: China is developing exclusive weapons designed to destroy satellites from the ground. The Pentagon has already tested similar interceptor satellites that are able to reach low-Earth orbit. However, they have not yet been used for their intended purpose. That is, the United States as of today has ground-based missiles aimed at potential enemy satellites located in space. There are also installations that send radio signals that disable such satellites.

US Space Force intelligence analyst Ron Lerch told The New York Times during a departmental meeting in January in Florida that the Chinese are on the way to forming their own arsenal of 13 thousand communications and military satellites. This is in addition to know-how such as synthetic aperture radar, which can use radio frequencies to track military movements even at night in thick fog:

China has completely and for quite a long time surpassed Russia in the field of reconnaissance and even conventional observation of the earth’s surface from space.

He also said that the US Space Command is expanding the functionality of new satellites. From now on, they can refuel in space and, if necessary, move in orbit as part of a plan to extend their service life and ensure safety.

And Todd Harrison, an aerospace engineer from the American Enterprise Institute, said at the same meeting:

Until now, the Chinese have not publicly admitted that they have offensive weapons in space, but just in case, we are inventing a weakly vulnerable space economy, improving the material base. For on economic Development and combat readiness tomorrow will be significantly influenced by the balance of forces in near-Earth space.
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  1. +4
    17 February 2024 10: 01
    And we will now declare that we are developing something that has no analogues. We will definitely develop something by 2030. And if not . We'll definitely spend the money.
  2. WFP
    17 February 2024 13: 56
    in geosynchronous orbit, 35,5 thousand km above the planet. The view from there is better, but the signals take longer to reach Earth. In such conditions, it is impossible to make decisions about target designation autonomously and almost instantly.

    author!!! What are you talking about? the signal from the geostationary takes 0,1 sec., from low orbit - 10 times faster, 0,01 sec. Can you tell the difference by eye? Moreover, decisions about the start of hostilities should be made by people, not AI. What, one tenth of a second will not allow you to make a decision “almost instantly”?
  3. 0
    17 February 2024 18: 18
    Welcome to the new Star Wars series!

    belay And what does “star wars” have to do with it?!
  4. -3
    17 February 2024 22: 42
    I don't think the US will be able to carry out large projects in the next 20 years. They are simply bankrupt.
  5. 0
    18 February 2024 04: 55
    Yes, a satellite is not a zeppelin for you. And while the amers have not wasted their technology and knowledge, they are diligently climbing to a higher place, so that from there they can push the unreasonable ones out...