Space Hegemony – III

The rumors have been confirmed, eyebrows have been raised. The ramifications of the recent Chinese anti-satellite missile test are much more than simply an arms race.

I don’t blame the Chinese though. Satellites form the spine of a nation’s communication and information systems. Protecting such assets in space is equally, if not more, important as protecting assets on land. And not very long ago:

President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone “hostile to U.S. interests.” Washington Post

So it’s only natural if some countries like US and Russia(actually it’s just these two) posses weapons that can destroy space assets, many more are going to follow suit for the sake of deterrence.

But the problem is not just limited to arms race. FuturePundit has an article on how anti-satellite missile tests can ruin low earth orbit. If this madness continues we’ll have a satellite parking space problem pretty soon.