Anti-Satellitentests und Weltraummüll

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Der helle Wahnsinn - nach USA, Russland und China protzt jetzt auch noch Indien mit militärischen Provokationen:

“India has made an unprecedented achievement today,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in statement shortly after the successful test. “India registered its name as a space power.”

What India’s Anti-Satellite Test Means for Space Debris

Most of the debris generated by the test is expected to re-enter over the coming weeks. However, some of the fragments could prove troublesome for satellites in low-Earth orbit and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Wie verträgt sich das eigentlich mit der Outer Space Treaty von 1967?

The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass destruction in Earth orbit, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise stationing them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Article IV).

Aber hier ist das Schlupfloch:

However, the treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit and thus some highly destructive attack strategies such as kinetic bombardment are still potentially allowable.

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New Studies Provide Fresh Insights Into the Escalating Space Arms Race

The emergence of satellite killer weapons and electronic warfare in space are among the trends that are reshaping the balance of power in outer space, according to two new studies by prominent Washington think tanks.

Both released on Thursday, “Space Threat Assessment 2019" from the Center of Strategic and International Studies; and “Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment" from the Secure World Foundation, build on the research they published in last year's reports and provide interesting new updates.

It is perhaps a sign of the times that CSIS sent its report to the printer the day before India fired a missile into one of it own satellites in low Earth orbit on March 27, sending shockwaves across the globe.
 

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Laut SOCRATES (Satellite Orbital Conjunction Reports Assessing Threatening Encounters in Space) gibt es 95 enge Begegnungen zwischen Trümmerteilen des abgeschossenen Satelliten mit anderen Satelliten in den nächsten Tagen. Siehe: T.S. Kelso on Twitter

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