by Jim Emerson, staff writer
In a shocking development the Chinese tested a satellite that’s capable of grabbing and capturing other satellites in orbit. This would suggest that China has militarized space and taken a significant step in its military development. Such capability would allow the Chinese to blind spy satellites anywhere and at any time.
Of the 3 satellites China used, one was likely fixed with a robotic mechanical arm to capture a target while another was probably used for tracking the target spacecraft. The idea is to capture a satellite to download information and reverse engineer it. If an orbiting body is destroyed the remaining orbiting debris field would be hazardous for future manned and unmanned space missions.
Chuck Hegel’s Pentagon refused to comment on the test or how the Chinese managed to build maneuvering orbiting vessels. Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith told the Washington Beacon “The United States Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Combatant Command for Space (JFCC-Space), consistent with its routine operations to maintain track of objects in space, has monitored these satellites since their launch and has noticed the relative motions of these satellites amongst each other and with respect to other space objects.” (1) In typical display of liberal, condescending behavior she suggested that reporters direct all further “questions to the Chinese government.” To their credit, Obama’s stooges know who their sugar daddies are.
The Chinese Embassy spokesman has not commented about the anti-satellite test.
China’s Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, builder of the nation’s missiles and space rockets, wrote that “These three satellites are to be used for the observation of space debris and conducting scientific experiments in space maintenance techniques like space arm operations.” (1)
No independent Proof
As with all claims of Chinese military capability there hasn’t been any independent proof. It should be remembered that the much vaunted stealth fighter was revealed to be nothing more than a paper tiger. (2) According to Space analyst Bob Christy, “no public information has indicated the three satellites involved in earlier close maneuvers engaged in a significant orbit change since activities in August.” “There have certainly been no more approaches between them, and Payload A has shown no sign of maneuvering in the whole of its time in space.”