The Chinese are ready to dismantle Elon Musk’s satellite

Since Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet network, has become a military communication tool, Chinese scientists are offering various solutions to monitor, hack or destroy it directly. The “hard” method with missiles does not seem to be desirable because it is expensive and dangerous.

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[EN VIDÉO] How many satellites revolve around the earth?
As of December 31, 2020, there were 2,787 satellites in operation, more than half of which were launched by the United States, according to the UCS (Union of Concerned Scientists) Association. Three-quarters of the satellites in operation are in low orbit (at altitudes of 500 to 2,000 kilometers), and are used for telecommunications systems, terrestrial imaging or meteorology.

New technology problems with Tesla, SpaceXNeurallink and maybe Twitter soon, Elon Musk Ukraine has been at the center of the conflict for three months. From the beginning of the Russian aggression, the billionaire decided to help Ukraine by building it Constellations Satellite Star link For the provision of internet connection. A choice that puts his word, His life is in dangerAnd this Monday, we learned that it is also a place of interest in China.

According to South China Morning PostChinese scientists are currently working on a method to destroy the satellite Star link. Because? The U.S. military relies heavily on these constellations for dramatic growth Speed Data transmission and especially for fighter planes Drones War and could use it to follow in the future Hypersonic missile Such as available to Russia and China.

The “hard” method or the “soft” method?

A technological resource that China is concerned about, since Musk has now installed more than 2,000 satellites. Orbit Bass, and he plans to send twenty more times! This report speaks of ways to shut down this “low-cost” but “high-return” network. According to these researchers, Starlink represents “a lot of potentialApps Military “and China must develop countermeasures to monitor, deactivate or even destroy this constellation.

According to South China Morning PostIt is unlikely that China will use the “difficult” method Missile Destroying them, both because it is extremely expensive, but also because the debris caused by this destruction could represent a huge danger in space. So we would rather direct ourselves towards the “soft” approach with the ray Laser Or jamming system.

What if China created its own constellation?

In their report, scientists cited the use of radio jammers – which could disrupt communication or burn electronic components directly – or lasers that The beam can blind the satellite sensor. China is already capable of deactivating satellites, but individually. There, it’s a constellation, and it’s obviously more complex. The study has already warned that decommissioning a few satellites will not be enough to bring down Starlink because it is a “decentralized system”.

Finally, one of the proposed solutions is to respond to Starlink by creating a similar network of small satellites, both to monitor Elon Musk’s constellations and to be able to quickly hack or deactivate a large part of the network. Space War Starting …

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