U.S. media said the X-37 can destroy satellites and other countries that raise concerns about Russia
The article said that the space X-37B unmanned aircraft able to obtain and destroy satellites of other countries
LONDON, August 3 news: According to the diplomat, magazine article on July 29 that the U.S. X- 37 is the world’s most advanced unmanned space shuttle, can be used to attack and monitor – or even capture and destroy – the satellites of other countries, so such as India, China and Russia is quite worried. Moreover, in view of the world’s ability to monitor the U.S. space is limited, so the X-37 space will appear to further aggravate tensions.
2007 年 1 11, the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in central China will be a solid-fuel rocket was launched at the tip of the rocket, fitted with non-explosive “kill interceptors.” The launch has changed the world too. The ground at a distance of 500 miles altitude, carrying anti-satellite interceptor destroyed a Chinese weather satellite of scrapped, and caused pieces of space junk around the block.
article said the Chinese anti-satellite test in 1985, the U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter planes to use anti-satellite missile launch after the first comprehensive anti-satellite weapons test. For the Chinese anti-satellite test, the rapid and intense reaction around the world, Australia, Canada, Japan, Britain and the United States have condemned. At that time, the 戈登约翰乔 U.S. National Security Council, said: “China’s development and testing of such weapons do not meet the two countries in the spirit of civil space cooperation.”
year after the launch and on an important impact on the U.S. presidential election, when candidates for the president, Obama will oppose anti-satellite weapons as part of its policy agenda. During the campaign, Obama opposed the deployment of weapons in space, against the development of anti-satellite weapons. He believes that the U.S. must play a leading role, with other countries to discuss the prevention of war to become the new battleground of space problems.
However, the article pointed out that the Obama administration, the facts show that the past two years, the United States themselves. April 22, the Air Force will be the world’s most advanced unmanned space shuttle launch – the platform is designed to respond to China’s anti-satellite capabilities – a move to further accelerate the pace of weapons in space. Developed by the Boeing X-37 unmanned space shuttle mission can be used to monitor the implementation of the investigation, and even other countries can easily paralyze the satellite.
cost hundreds of millions of dollars in X-37 unmanned space shuttle program in the mid-1990s start, this is a can recycling, unmanned space spacecraft capable of carrying the standard Air Force heavy rocket into orbit, and can be the same as the glider back into the atmosphere. The new spacecraft design and the design of manned space shuttle, but the weight has only the latter 1/4, and only 30 feet long from start to finish.
U.S. Air Force for Air Force space program, said Vice Minister of Gehry Payton, X-37 project’s main purpose is to detect a number of reusable technology, and prove that exercise can be repeated use of experimental payload operating concepts. “Payload carrying off, and stay on the track up to 270 days and they can verify the validity of new technology, then the recovery, and the check in order to understand what happens in the space in the end, so that the Air Force to experiment new methods, we feel very excited. “
However, the article pointed out that the payload and experiment speech is only one possible, so the Air Force has not yet issued a statement. The paper further pointed out, X-37 may have a strong military capability. And, strictly speaking, the new spacecraft mission is the essence of peace. In any case, it is not clear that their strategy might lead to danger.
this, the Marshall Institute in Washington analyst Alex Turner (Eric Sterner) said: “The outside world views too sensational.” He added, X-37 is likely only going to test how the satellite faster, more economical way (with the use of modern rockets and space shuttle compared to) into orbit. “
article said, in general, the development of” rapid response operation “capacity of the target satellite and the rocket is mainly deal with the increasing costs, and retired this year or next year’s planned space shuttle, in other words, by its very nature completely is peaceful, but it may also represent the new Chinese anti-satellite system of checks and balances of a response for any one in future conflicts may be to destroy the U.S. satellite China, Washington will arrange appropriate alternatives in order to quickly its orbit.
More importantly, in theory, X-37 may be “weaponized.” In this regard, Steiner said: “open the payload bay, you will be able to get any things you want something, there is a key part of the spacecraft. You can put the sensor, it can put satellites. Moreover, should the need, you can also be stored ammunition inside. “
Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense has studied the non-nuclear missiles launched from space technology, but never officially acknowledged in the development of this space orbit weapons the United States is the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space ( COPUOS) of the founding members, but also the track in 1967 banned nuclear weapons development, “Outer Space Treaty,” the signatories.
article said, the Secure World Foundation technology consultant Brian? Vuitton in a briefing on this issue, wrote, using today’s technology, X-37 ‘as the orbit of weapons systems, the feasibility of attacking ground targets is almost zero’. Vuitton, said the spacecraft’s payload bay was too small to carry effective space launch weapons, and slow the spacecraft, atmospheric re-entry can not be performed when the bomb.
However, the article went on to say, X-37 can be used to attack and monitor – or even capture and destroy – - satellites of other countries with weapons of any potential than this “monitoring” capability even more concern in some countries such as India, China and Russia, especially in Beijing, it has asked the U.S. not to use satellites to monitor the spacecraft but from X-37 program’s progress can be seen, the United States rejected those demands, which the Chinese Arms Control and Disarmament Association Deputy Secretary-General Zhai Dequan said: “The United States has previously said it would slow down the pace of development of the space shuttle development, but now With the X-37 launch, that the U.S. has never really slow down. “
Thirty years ago, the space shuttle’s debut was the Soviet Union also made a similar concern. Vuitton, said:” The spacecraft launch, the Soviets thought it might be a track and capture the Soviet Union satellite platform. This is a serious matter. To this end, the Soviets developed their own spacecraft, “blizzard” to respond to this situation. “” Blizzard “spacecraft project with the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 terminated the fact that the space shuttle – the so-called dual-use dual-use spacecraft – most of the time in the mission task.
But today, the U.S. space surveillance activities, as the world’s limited capacity to further aggravate tensions. The United States has a lot of technology to track foreign spacecraft, while other countries have almost powerless, although the Chinese anti-satellite test carried out impressive Vuitton, said: “While other countries such as Russia or China, with its dual-use technology, the United States have the ability to determine its not a hostile act. But when the United States to use its dual-use technology, in most cases no one has independent information to determine what happened. This poses a problem. “
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U.S. Air Force X-37, regardless of what was intended, in fact, its capacity has represented the space race with China to upgrade. The irony is, according to Obama’s campaign platform, and its response to the moves made by the Chinese ASAT test, it is a stabilizing factor. “in recognition of their weaknesses, Obama will promote new technologies and capabilities, protect our space assets, so that we avoid the attack and quickly recover from. ‘
to mention Obama’s campaign platform: “The United States is committed to addressing the challenges of space in the major acts committed to further strengthening cooperation. I believe in strengthening international cooperation and to revitalize the US-led case all countries will expand the vision, knowledge enhancement, life greatly improved. “
article said, X-37 to protect U.S. space systems, in order to maintain U.S. leadership in space for the benefit of the world – Obama’s starting point seems to be here. This may be true, X-37 can only be used to replace failed satellites. However, the lack of greater transparency in the Washington case, X-37 Gateway and other countries the ability to track system, in essence, would undermine U.S. leadership. In this regard, Steiner said: “If I were Russia, China or India, see the U.S. move to develop the next generation of space capabilities, I would worry about the relative balance of power changes in the space.”
Wei Teng (Weeden) that, in order to prevent the X-37 lead to further escalation of arms race in space, the United States should work with the world (especially China) share monitoring technology. He said: “It would also help to us. An increase in the space of information of what happened of course, this being the tricky part is to share the monitoring technology at the same time, protect important information related to national security, although This can be done, but it requires a good balance. “
Finally, the article said, this” balance “is equivalent to reverse the current United States co-X-37 deliberately blurring policy. Realistically, this may require China to demonstrate such good faith. After all, China’s anti-satellite test before the X-37 launch, but also highlights the U.S. military use of new spacecraft. In view of the Washington promise not to interfere in other countries, satellite projects, and the withdrawal of weapons from space, that Beijing may have to do so. (Compiled: Spring)