U.S. military satellites to be reviewed

Apr 22, 2007

A top U.S. Air Force official has ordered a review of all current military satellites to determine if they are vulnerable to attack.

Air Force Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley ordered the wide-ranging review in March after China detonated one of its weather satellites, prompting concern that the Asian nation may be creating anti-satellite weaponry, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

China never officially explained the military action and a large field of debris remains in orbit because of the satellite's destruction.

"What I'm looking for is just a better way to think through the challenge, now that other people have a capability to kill a satellite," Moseley said of the review. "It is a contested domain now. I've asked a bit of an open-ended question."

The Times said Moseley has asked for initial results by June and has said changes would become a necessity if the study's findings are troubling.

"You have a choice: You can either defend the machines or you build something that flies higher and faster," he said of the nation's satellites.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Explore further: NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Preparing for an asteroid strike

8 minutes ago

ESA and national disaster response offices recently rehearsed how to react if a threatening space rock is ever discovered to be on a collision course with Earth.

How to teach all students to think critically

38 minutes ago

All first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills. ...

Recommended for you

Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers

5 hours ago

US-Russian ties may have returned to Cold War levels, but an astronaut and a cosmonaut gearing up for the longest flight on the International Space Station said Thursday politics would not disrupt their work ...

NASA considers possibilities for manned mission to Venus

7 hours ago

(Phys.org) —NASA's Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate has issued a report outlining a possible way for humans to visit Venus, rather than Mars—by hovering in the atmosphere instead of landing on ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.