Worried on China, US seeks rules in space

Gregory Schulte a senior US official in charge of space defense
Gregory Schulte a senior US official in charge of space defense, is pictured in 2009. The United States said Wednesday it wanted to set guidelines with China on the use of space, voicing worries that the Asian power is increasingly able to destroy or jam satellites.

The United States said Wednesday it wanted to set guidelines with China on the use of space, voicing worries that the Asian power is increasingly able to destroy or jam satellites.

China stunned the United States in 2007 by becoming the third country to shoot down one of its own satellites in space, the first such test in the more than two decades since Washington and Moscow halted their "Star Wars" programs.

Gregory Schulte, a senior US official in charge of space defense, described China's investment in the field as "eyeballing" and said he has asked his Beijing counterparts in past talks to set "rules of the road" moving forward.

"We told them that we are worried that, particularly in crisis, a misunderstanding in space could easily lead to an inadvertent escalation that would not be in the interest of either of our countries," he said.

The United States seeks an understanding "over what responsible behavior might look like," Schulte, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, told the congressionally mandated US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

However, Schulte doubted would carry out a new anti-satellite test. The 2007 strike caused massive debris, with Schulte saying that the US military issued 700 warnings in the last year alone that satellites -- including those from China -- could collide with the junk.

"Maybe they can't do something as dramatic and as embarrassing as the (2007) test, but they're clearly looking to exploit what they perceive as a weakness," he said.

China, which also has an active civilian program, has insisted that its efforts pose no threat. It carried out the 2007 test after then president George W. Bush rejected a call for an international ban on anti-satellite tests, saying the United States reserved "freedom of action."

The and its allies have repeatedly urged China to show more transparency as it ramps up its defense spending.

China said it plans to hike its defense budget 12.7 percent in 2011 to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.7 billion) in 2011. While experts believe the actual figure is higher, it is far less than the $700 billion US defense budget this year.


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May 11, 2011
It looks like the "sleeping giant" is now awake.

Unfortunately, our once giant space science program is now bogged down trying to find evidence to support Al Gore's story of CO2-induced global warming.

What a sad day for Western science!
Oliver K. Manuel


May 12, 2011
When the US seems to be way out in front they took a 'we do what we want' attitude, even when violating the ABM treaties for the missile defense shield. Now someone else comes into the game and now they're all about 'the rules'. Too bad.

May 12, 2011
When the US seems to be way out in front they took a 'we do what we want' attitude, . . .


Worse yet, politicians subverted our space program to support scientifically irrational projects without getting authorization from Congress.

Professor Judith Curry reported yesterday that "NASA is the source of 48% of the funds for the USGCRP (U.S.Gobal Change Research Program)."

Earth's climate has always changed.

That is why life is always evolving.

But funds that Congress intended for space studies were diverted to the effort to stop climate change.

The staunchest supporter of space sciences became the staunchest warrior against climate change.

What a sad, sad state of affairs.

http://judithcurr...mmittee/

May 12, 2011
Professor Curry's statement is here:

http://judithcurr...mmittee/

May 12, 2011
Good job you brought global warming in to the mix. As though that has any thing to do with the defense budget. We shut down skhols rather than shrink the defense budget. You should look in to Exxon Mobile Funding of global warming skeptics.

May 12, 2011
Thanks, Red.

Are you by chance related to the Pink Elephant and EthylRed?

What a coincidence!

May 12, 2011
I'm not involved in either.

May 13, 2011
1. China plans to hike its defense budget 12.7 percent in 2011 to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.7 billion) in 2011.

2. "NASA is the source of 48% of the funds for the USGCRP (U.S.Gobal Change Research Program)."


http://judithcurr...mmittee/

Is it okay with the Red alliance to ask why government funds intended for other purposes (space-NASA, energy-DOE, environment-EPA, defense-DOD, etc) have been diverted to support Al Gore's efforts to stop the natural process called climate change?




May 13, 2011
Global Warming is happening the more oil we burn the more green house gasses are released. It is such a cause and effect scenario. As far as NASA spending money on an issue that will come to affects us in the near future through all means available is justified. As we cut back on are oil consumption we stop climate change at the same time decreasing are dependence on foreign oil therefore alleviating much of the tension between China and the US.

May 13, 2011
Industrial military complex scaremongering on behalf of lobbyists, the same lobbyists who will gladly fill all the contracts needed to "keep up" with the new "Red Menace" in this area.

May 14, 2011
Industrial military complex scaremongering on behalf of lobbyists, the same lobbyists who will gladly fill all the contracts needed to "keep up" with the new "Red Menace" in this area.


Thanks for your insight. I fear you are right.

I never expected to see it here, but world communism seems to have been the motivation behind the global warming scare of Al Gore and the UN's IPCC.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

May 14, 2011
Industrial military complex scare-mongering . . . .


When did this false story of CO2-induced global warming start?

The Berlin wall started coming down in 1989 and we foolishly believed that communism had been defeated.

What a remarkable coincidence!

May 14, 2011
We were warned in 1956 and again at the UN in 1960 that the communist movement will not be defeated.

Nikita Khrushchev warned on both occasions:

"We Will Bury You!"

www.time.com/time...,00.html

May 16, 2011
How old are you omatumr? Some memes never die.
The flagship of Capitalism is dead. America turned to blubber. Do you want fries with that?

Whoever colonises L1 and L2 is going to be the gatekeeper to the bounties of the cosmos.
And it is not going to be the blubbery Americans.

May 16, 2011
The flagship of Capitalism is dead. America turned to blubber.

Whoever colonises L1 and L2 is going to be the gatekeeper to the bounties of the cosmos.
And it is not going to be the blubbery Americans.


The USA space program accomplished much, but these results were compromised by leaders who who tried to tell the public that they could control a natural process - climate change:

1. "Earth's Heat Source - The Sun",
Energy and Environment 20, 131-144 (2009);
http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

2. "Neutron Repulsion", The
APEIRON Journal, in press, 19 pages (2011);
http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

3. "Is the Universe Expanding?"
The Journal of Cosmology 13, 4187-4190 (2011).
http://journalofc...102.html

4. "Origin and Evolution of Life Constraints on
the Solar Model", in press, 11 pages (2011).

My age is not a proper topic for this forum.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel

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