The United States announces the end of the tests of its anti-satellite systems

On November 15, 2021, Russia destroying the Kosmos-1408 satellite using an anti-satellite missile, causing nearly 1500 pieces of debris to be released into a busy orbit, including by the International Space Station. Since the 60s, no less than a dozen successful tests have been carried out by the United States, the Soviet Union / Russia, China and India in this field, creating more than 6500 pieces of space debris of which 4500 are still in orbit, threatening both civil and military satellite constellations. For Kamala Harris, the American vice-president, it was now necessary to put an end to this escalation, including,…

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US May Demonstrate New Anti-Satellite Weapon Soon

In the field of space warfare, two schools of thought clash at the Pentagon: those in favor of absolute confidentiality concerning the majority of programs, so as to leave the potential adversary (China or Russia) in the dark about existing capabilities and programs under development, and those who consider that the declassification of part of this information is essential to reinforce the deterrent effect vis-à-vis a potentially overconfident adversary. Until now, the partisans of secrecy had the advantage, and a severe blackout had covered for many years the real space capabilities of the US armies, and of its new Space Force component, both in the offensive field...

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Solar drones, airships, micro-satellites: These technologies to overcome the loss of satellites

The Italian aeronautics and defense group Leonardo has announced that it has invested in the American-Spanish company Skydweller Aero Inc, which specializes in the design of solar-powered drones, in order to design the first solar-powered drone capable of carrying a significant load over a period of time. , and almost unlimited distances. Among the many advantages of this technology, Leonardo highlights the role it could play in restoring services and infrastructures after a massive disaster, natural or not, and in particular in the event of the destruction of communication networks or the satellites, which today provide a large number of services essential to action...

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US Air Force receives new extreme high frequency communications satellite

While the vulnerabilities of communication systems such as satellite tracking have been widely exposed during friction between Russia and Western forces, the US Air Force has officially taken control of the 4th satellite of the AEHF[efn_note]Advanded program Extremely High Frequency[/efn_note], intended to provide an enhanced and jam-resistant communication capability to US, but also Canadian, British and Dutch forces. The AEHF program aims to deploy 6 satellites in geosynchronous orbit, each satellite offering a communication capacity superior to all the satellites of the Milstar program, and allowing the forces to exchange information such as voice,…

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The threat to satellites is evolving

According to a report published by the Secure World Foundation, the threat against military and civilian satellites is evolving, in particular due to Chinese and Russian progress. Thus, if, until a few years ago, the main threat to satellites was based on the more or less experimental technologies of anti-satellite missiles developed by the United States, China, and, to a lesser extent, Russia, it seems that today, China and Russia have developed approaches making it possible, not to destroy, but to render inoperative the targeted satellites. Thus, even if China demonstrated in 2007 its ability to destroy…

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