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Media: China launched a robotic arm to fight satellites

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Media: China launched a robotic arm to fight satellites

Chinese military are testing three small spacecraft, which are part of a secret anti-satellite system, according to US media, citing sources.


Three satellites were launched on July 20. Later, the spacecraft conducted unusual maneuvers in space, which may indicate that the Chinese are preparing to create space weapons against satellites, writes The Washington Free Beacon, citing an official familiar with intelligence reports on satellites.

One of the satellites was equipped with a retractable lever capable of damaging orbital satellites.

The source of the publication described the appearance of these satellites as "a real problem for the national defense of the United States." According to him, the three satellites are a single system, “the one equipped with a manipulator is of the greatest concern.” “This is part of the Chinese Star Wars program,” a source said.

“The retractable lever can be used for a number of things: to knock off the course or capture other satellites,” the publication quotes the word of an anonymous official.

According to him, three satellites can also carry out maintenance or repair of orbiters.

For the first time, information about the maneuvers of Chinese satellites was published in a private blog of researchers who observe the movement of satellites in near-Earth space. According to their data, one of the 16 vehicles of August lowered its orbit by about 93 miles. He then changed course and approached another satellite. The two vehicles reportedly passed within 100 meters from each other. The author of the post then suggested that it could be military exercises. Source The Washington Free confirmed that the Chinese have tested anti-satellite weapons.

The Chinese probably tested the satellite’s ability to intercept, damage or destroy orbital satellites, a US official said.

The Pentagon has not yet commented on information about Chinese satellites.

The source said the Obama administration keeps information about the Chinese anti-satellite program a secret as part of its policy aimed at "minimizing the threat to US national security."

"The administration does not want the American people to know about it, because the publication of these data will require an increase in defense budgets," said the source.

Recall, the first successful test of its own anti-satellite weapons, China held 11 January 2007 of the year. Then, the Fengyun FY-1C meteorological satellite, located in a polar orbit at an altitude of 865 km, was hit by a direct hit by an anti-satellite missile. The rocket was launched from a mobile launcher at the Sichan cosmodrome and intercepted the satellite on a head-on course.
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  1. Stiletto
    Stiletto 27 August 2013 11: 38 New
    +9
    Well done, screwed up! Really well done! It would have long been time for us to look at such things more broadly, to build more "anti-satellites", and to send them in is a lump.
    1. Guun
      Guun 27 August 2013 14: 38 New
      +6
      Destroying the satellites of a potential enemy makes him blind, especially the United States is very sensitive to this.
    2. Siberian German
      Siberian German 28 August 2013 03: 09 New
      +1
      they are great - and how are things with us
  2. svp67
    svp67 27 August 2013 11: 39 New
    +8
    In space, it becomes crowded and dangerous ...
    1. alexng
      alexng 27 August 2013 11: 45 New
      +9
      And all that space has long been shot from all sides. This is the Achilles heel of America, since they have almost everything tied to satellites.
      1. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 28 August 2013 00: 51 New
        0
        Quote: alexneg
        And all that space has long been shot from all sides. This is the Achilles heel of America, since they have almost everything tied to satellites.


        They have companions like dirt. The Chinese will have to launch about 10 years a month for 3 pieces in order to cause at least some harm to the American satellite grouping.
  3. slavik_gross
    slavik_gross 27 August 2013 11: 46 New
    +2
    How will the Pentagon be cowardly from our satellites ???
    1. Northerner
      Northerner 27 August 2013 11: 49 New
      11
      When they begin to fly to orbit! And do not replenish the underwater group!
      1. slavik_gross
        slavik_gross 27 August 2013 11: 52 New
        +8
        And it's a shame, we have the largest underwater satellite constellation ...
        1. Northerner
          Northerner 27 August 2013 12: 12 New
          +4
          The most ridiculous thing is that I do not doubt the quality of technologies that Russia inherited from the USSR, but the fact that this quality is falling can only say one thing! Somewhere people are sitting and at the right moment give a signal when launching a carrier rocket! In another way, just does not explain the inexplicable! China is already launching its satellites with its rocket launchers licked from Soviet, obsolete technologies! And they have nothing to fall! and all because this country knows that they need their GPS, GLONASS, etc. And they know that they should have done it yesterday! Here is the appropriate control!
          1. Powder donut
            Powder donut 27 August 2013 15: 47 New
            +2
            Sorry, but do you know how many starts Russia makes and how much China? Who do you think is bigger? Nothing falls to the one who does nothing.
      2. studentmati
        studentmati 27 August 2013 21: 14 New
        +1
        Quote: Northerner
        When they begin to fly to orbit! And do not replenish the underwater group!


        Witty, at the same time, and sad ...
  4. denson06
    denson06 27 August 2013 12: 10 New
    +2
    Quote: svp67
    In space, it becomes crowded and dangerous ...

    I agree .. Star Wars is no longer a fairy tale or fiction, they are becoming more and more a reality ...
    1. Fire
      Fire 28 August 2013 10: 47 New
      0
      a lot of space has accumulated debris, can these Chinese satellites and near-earth space be cleaned at the same time?
  5. Nester
    Nester 27 August 2013 12: 11 New
    +1
    In case of war, the launch site (s) will most likely be hit. Where to start? If only to display grouping in advance ...
  6. Grishka100watt
    Grishka100watt 27 August 2013 12: 29 New
    +8
    China put into orbit a robotic arm to fight satellites


    Damn, I even re-read 2 times.
    Even 20 years ago, people, having seen such a headline, would have twisted their fingers at the temple.
    1. JonnyT
      JonnyT 27 August 2013 13: 39 New
      +5
      yes ... the pace of China is impressive ...... recently saw with my own eyes a Chinese industrial laser .... five years ago if I heard about a Chinese industrial laser I would have laughed until I cracked my stomach, and now here it is! and working!
      1. Guun
        Guun 27 August 2013 16: 28 New
        +2
        The Chinese pay very well to the brains that go to them.
  7. evgenii67
    evgenii67 27 August 2013 12: 50 New
    +6
    Hello everyone!
    Quote: Grishka100watt
    Even 20 years ago, people, having seen such a headline, would have twisted their fingers at the temple.
    And even 40 years ago, the bait about "Star Wars" was thrown about that American super satellites can destroy targets on the ground, and many believed. As far as I understand, if a satellite with a mechanical paw tries to destroy another satellite, then this destroyer will most likely also fall apart in outer space and there will be a score of 1-1, and so far there will be 3. It is not clear how the assassin satellites will "catch up" with the enemy satellites, the question is how much fuel is enough to change the flight trajectory, and in fact the orbit, it's another thing to work on a collision course with minimal adjustments, but then when the task is completed, both satellites will be destroyed and in no other way 1st space + 1st space is painful, but if a small miscalculation, then ships will disperse like in the sea, only a thousand times faster.
  8. Starover_Z
    Starover_Z 27 August 2013 12: 59 New
    +4
    “The retractable lever can be used for a number of things: to knock off the course or capture other satellites,” the publication quotes the word of an anonymous official.

    Why grab is time consuming. It’s easier for a manipulator to damage solar panels and antennas.
    It is necessary to attach the second manipulator to the next satellite immediately with a hammer or "grinder" (grinder with a disk cutter).
    И DEATH enemy companions!
    GIVE such a set of satellites for Russia !!!
  9. Vtel
    Vtel 27 August 2013 13: 27 New
    +1
    The source of the publication described the appearance of these satellites as "a real problem for the US national defense." “The one equipped with the manipulator is of most concern.” “This is part of the Chinese Star Wars program,” the source said.

    They would have screwed the nunchucks, good dumb American humor. The same source found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I would like to see how the Chinese satellite catches up and crumbles the amer satellite with this mace. It was easier to fasten the three-ruler to the Chinese and it hits far and heap.
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  10. ElektriK123
    ElektriK123 27 August 2013 13: 39 New
    +1
    I remember watching a telly, so they talked about USSR satellites with a blinding LASER
  11. Stiletto
    Stiletto 27 August 2013 13: 40 New
    +5
    “This is our new companion.” Here he has solar panels, here is a compartment for equipment, here is a laboratory module ...
    - A bat, a bat to him why?
    “Well, why?” From other satellites that fight off to the oncoming lane, space traffic rules do not know bully
  12. Egor.nic
    Egor.nic 27 August 2013 13: 40 New
    +2
    Three satellites will not solve the problem of global space war. During a global military conflict, half of any low-flying satellite constellation (which means dozens of aircraft in various orbits and for various purposes and in some hypothetical region) will be destroyed during the first day, by missile defense and combat satellites. China is learning to take the first, but interesting steps for it in space.
  13. diver1977
    diver1977 27 August 2013 14: 07 New
    +2
    Do damage? And in what style? The style of a monkey or a crane?))) Chinese kungfu performed by a robot, and even in space ... This is something. I have to see it!
  14. KBPC50
    KBPC50 27 August 2013 14: 17 New
    +1
    Tell someone, do we, Russia, have anything like that? And it would have been a long time. After all, the Yankees seem to have put one military satellite, and silence ...
    1. Kyrgyz
      Kyrgyz 27 August 2013 20: 14 New
      +2
      Such weapons may be needed only against the United States, but a direct clash between Russia and the United States cannot be of a localized character, if it is, using all means to destroy each other and allies, it will be impossible to disable satellite systems and most of the electronics by an atmospheric nuclear explosion. so inventions like Chinese are probably not for that.
    2. Aljavad
      Aljavad 28 August 2013 03: 34 New
      +2
      in any case, it WAS ... anti-satellite, anti-satellite missiles, and nuclear-pumped lasers. Also anti-satellite. Is there any left? God knows.
      By the way, about the bat. At the stations "Almaz" (Salyut - some) there were cannons for defense.
  15. Max_Bauder
    Max_Bauder 27 August 2013 14: 39 New
    +4
    Quote: Grishka100watt
    China put into orbit a robotic arm to fight satellites


    Damn, I even re-read 2 times.
    Even 20 years ago, people, having seen such a headline, would have twisted their fingers at the temple.


    And it reminded me of the film "Pearl Harbor" by Macle Bay, in that film one dude was surprised during the raid: "and I don’t know that the Japanese can fly." Apparently I thought that they still play with swords as samurai and wear women's robes. Underestimating the enemy of death is like =)
  16. Goodmen
    Goodmen 27 August 2013 14: 50 New
    +1
    "... One of the satellites was equipped with a retractable arm capable of damaging orbiting satellites ..."
    We need to make our satellite with a longer lever !!! wink
    I recalled a joke about a Chinese rocket with a bunch of people inside that pedal ... lol
    But seriously, we probably have more solid developments in this area than the "Chinese lever". angry
    The satellites launched by someone are recorded by us, and in the event of an aggravation of the situation, I am sure that all of them will be destroyed if necessary. But there is a small but very capacious "BUT" ... if the budget allocated for such events is not cut by "effective managers". wassat
  17. Northerner
    Northerner 27 August 2013 15: 34 New
    +3
    If anyone is interested in what Russia has, and it was also in the 70s from the USSR, I suggest that you refer to the POPULAR MECHANICS (NOT ADVERTISING) magazine link below:
    http://www.popmech.ru/article/4397-kosmicheskie-istrebiteli/photo/16131/#foto
    P.S. I think that after this information there will be fewer questions hi
    1. KBPC50
      KBPC50 27 August 2013 20: 36 New
      +1
      Thanks for the link. We don’t know much, therefore such questions arise.
  18. Cpa
    Cpa 27 August 2013 15: 46 New
    +2
    Information - a duck, a manipulator have many orbital objects. But no one has yet guessed to present them as weapons to knock out money for space weapons. It recalls the search for chemical weapons in Syria.
    In the USSR, various types of weapons were developed for orbital objects, from personal laser weapons of astronauts to railguns and Gauss cannons. Logically, it’s easier to launch such a satellite into a ram. lol
  19. Kovrovsky
    Kovrovsky 27 August 2013 16: 16 New
    +1
    Quote: Grishka100watt
    China put into orbit a robotic arm to fight satellites


    Damn, I even re-read 2 times.
    Even 20 years ago, people, having seen such a headline, would have twisted their fingers at the temple.

    Toli will be in 20 years!
  20. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 27 August 2013 17: 29 New
    +2
    The robot is most likely not a manipulator but a copy-scanner.)))
  21. Northerner
    Northerner 27 August 2013 17: 55 New
    +3
    Right! Do you know why a UFO does not fly over China? Because they will copy it!
  22. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 27 August 2013 18: 18 New
    +2
    Quote: Northerner
    Right! Do you know why a UFO does not fly over China? Because they will copy it!

    UFOs are afraid of the Chinese ..))) But don’t say hardworking people .. and disciplined .. There is something to learn from them .. it is better to be friends with them. (But close to research institutes and new developments ...))))
  23. july
    july 27 August 2013 20: 03 New
    +1
    One of the satellites was equipped with a retractable lever capable of damaging orbital satellites., in the other two sit two Chinese with Kalash and shoot at close range enemy companions! laughing
  24. Stavr
    Stavr 27 August 2013 20: 37 New
    +3
    Quote: KPA
    Information - a duck, a manipulator has many orbital objects. But no one has yet guessed to present them as a weapon to knock out money for space weaponslol

    Information may not be a duck. I also doubt that the manipulator can be used as a weapon, but to use it to "grab" other satellites or valuable space debris is quite a plausible version!
  25. studentmati
    studentmati 27 August 2013 21: 10 New
    +1
    "Perseverance and work, they will grind everything!"
  26. onegin61
    onegin61 27 August 2013 22: 21 New
    +3
    It is impossible to shoot down satellites, this will lead to the fact that mutual actions in this direction will lead to mutual ruin, serious conflicts and material losses. As they beat in a dash for one two, for two three and drove each other, and then if someone didn’t knock down the one who didn’t knock down and everyone intervened and there wasn’t anything left, and whoever the first to launch after that would immediately eliminate him, all the more so as not to have an advantage
  27. Stavr
    Stavr 27 August 2013 22: 29 New
    +3
    Quote: Onegin61
    It is impossible to shoot down satellites, this will lead to the fact that mutual actions in this direction will lead to mutual ruin, serious conflicts and material losses. As they beat in a dash for one two, for two three and drove each other, and then if someone didn’t knock down the one who didn’t knock down and everyone intervened and there wasn’t anything left, and whoever the first to launch after that would immediately eliminate him, all the more so as not to have an advantage

    Shooting down satellites is not only possible, but will do so in the event of full-scale wars. We were preparing for this back in the distant 80s. The last major exercises of the Space Forces of Russia (then the USSR) were held on June 18, 1982. In the course of these exercises, the destruction of the orbital vehicles of the conditional enemy (with a real defeat of targets in orbit) and the emergency (operational) replacement of their lost objects were practiced, and in the conditions of the destruction of Baikonur by a potential enemy. They also intercepted ICBMs (also with real target shooting). These were the most expensive teachings in the HISTORY OF MANKIND.
    1. onegin61
      onegin61 27 August 2013 22: 43 New
      +2
      in non-wartime, shooting down satellites will lead to the fact that they will not remain, and in wartime, it is necessary to eliminate any connection. If in the Ossetian-Georgian conflict from the beginning they would have hit the command posts and headquarters with a "dot", the Georgians would have been like blind kittens, without communication and without leadership, but this requires political will, not hurray to attack. This option was probably offered, but as always, we are fighting with people, not with technology.
  28. Siberian
    Siberian 27 August 2013 22: 45 New
    +1
    One of the satellites was equipped with extendable levercapable of damaging orbiting satellites.
    Here are the pests, they are tricking the little Chinese bully
  29. studentmati
    studentmati 27 August 2013 22: 46 New
    +2
    A couple of Protons with nails and balls will solve ALL "scientific research".
  30. orek
    orek 27 August 2013 22: 59 New
    +3
    Quote: Stiletto
    Well done, screwed up! Really well done! It would have long been time for us to look at such things more broadly, to build more "anti-satellites", and to send them in is a lump.

    First, certain conditions must be met: To learn from China's experience in fighting corruption and "foreign agents". An excursion to the Square of Heavenly Peace in the Celestial Empire should be a must for many officials from law enforcement agencies.
    And the most important thing is to DEVELOP the economy and the ARMY. I wonder what Chinese friends would have done with the leaders of the (former) Ministry of Defense and ROSCOSMOS for the collapse of the army and the "incorrectly installed sensor" on the missile, which has been in the series for 40 years now ?????????
    1. studentmati
      studentmati 27 August 2013 23: 02 New
      +1
      Quote: orek
      ... I wonder what Chinese friends would have done with the leaders of the (former) Ministry of Defense and ROSCOSMOS for the collapse of the army and the "incorrectly installed sensor" on the missile, which has been in the series for 40 years now ?????????


      The shooting?
  31. voliador
    voliador 28 August 2013 01: 40 New
    +1
    Yes ... The Chinese are striving forward in all areas.
  32. Svarog
    Svarog 28 August 2013 05: 30 New
    +1
    At the beginning of the war with America, it seems like special warheads are launched into low-earth orbit and explode. A huge number of "balls" scatter in a certain calculated stripe. The result is tremendous speeds and high density. Within a short time, all satellites in orbit were destroyed. Is it because our glonas is slightly "higher" than the American one, but infa, because it is for more confident reception at the poles, just for cover?
    Well, theoretically, a manipulator is needed not to fight the entire satellite constellation, but to "correct the amers' satellites who have gone astray," who, for example, begin to broadcast something that is not necessary over the country.