The United States unilaterally bans anti-missile tests; calls on Russia and China to follow suit
The United States unilaterally bans anti-missile tests;  calls on Russia and China to follow suit

The United States unilaterally bans anti-missile tests; calls on Russia and China to follow suit

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced a unilateral ban on testing anti-satellite missiles in an effort to reduce space debris. The self-imposed ban was approved with the aim of making it an “international norm of responsible behavior,” in the hope that other nations such as India, Russia and China will follow suit, Harris said while speaking at Vanderbilt Space Force Base in California. . “Simply put, these tests are dangerous and we will not perform them,” the U.S. VP said.

Harris said her decision stemmed from the fact that direct-rise anti-satellite missile (ASAT) tests conducted by world powers such as Russia, the United States and China since the 1980s have generated levels of orbital waste in the spade after hitting satellites.

Most recently, Russia conducted such a test in November 2021 to destroy a Soviet-era decommissioned satellite and China in 2007, leading to “one of the most pressing threats to space security and sustainability.”

She called the tests “ruthless and irresponsible” and mentioned that the proposal to impose an embargo on the tests was taken at greater speed after Russia’s launch, which created 1,600 pieces of waste.

“Rules and norms give us a sense of order and stability. As we have seen in Ukraine, Russia has completely violated the set of international rules and norms established after World War II, which provided an unprecedented peace and security in Europe. In light of Russian brutality, the world has come together to say that these rules must be obeyed, “reckoned US VP Kamala Harris.

Traces of waste from China’s anti-missile test led to over 2,500 pieces in 2008, the liquid debris that recently threatened the International Space Station (ISS).

“This waste poses a risk to the safety of our astronauts, our satellites and our growing commercial presence. A piece of space debris the size of a basketball traveling at thousands of miles per hour would destroy a satellite. Even a piece of debris so small as a grain of sand can cause serious injury, “Harris said.

The United States is suspicious that China is using space technology to block US radars

Meanwhile, the United States has been suspicious of China’s resort to its space technology in an attempt to block US radars. According to a report by the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), China may have a plan pending the use of advanced space mechanisms to block sophisticated weapons systems should the situation arise.

The 80-page report has now been submitted to the administration of US President Joe Biden for subsequent action. Concerns from scientists also included that China has accelerated its growth in space, “doubling the number of ISR satellites it has in space to 250 since 2018”.

Furthermore, Beijing has improved the acquisition and pursuit of counter space capabilities.

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