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#1 LFC

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 05:04 PM

Ready or not space warfare is coming. Hell, it's already here.

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India has shot down a satellite in space with an anti-satellite missile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space program.

Modi made the announcement in a television address to the nation. He said India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China.

Such capabilities have raised fears of the weaponization of space and setting off a race between rival powers.

“Some time ago, our scientists, shot down a live satellite 300 kilometers away in space, in low-earth orbit,” Modi said, calling it a historic feat.

“India has made an unprecedented achievement today,” he said, speaking in Hindi. “India registered its name as a space power.”

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 07:45 AM

Yeah, so now we have another couple thousand pieces of space junk to contend with.
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Posted 28 March 2019 - 08:57 AM

View PostTraveler, on 28 March 2019 - 07:45 AM, said:

Yeah, so now we have another couple thousand pieces of space junk to contend with.

It said it was low level orbit so I think the pieces tend to fall into the atmosphere pretty quickly. IIRC the Chinese did it at a much higher altitude and left behind a shitshow ... which really isn't any different than how they treat the planet.
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Posted 28 March 2019 - 12:28 PM

View PostLFC, on 28 March 2019 - 08:57 AM, said:

IIRC the Chinese did it at a much higher altitude and left behind a shitshow ... which really isn't any different than how they treat the planet.
Not always. Remember how the Chinese cleaned up Tiananmen Square - going back and forth for hours, over the bodies of protestors with tanks until they could hose the remains down into the sewers. That shows they have some regard for the environment :rolleyes:

Otherwise those bodies that were full of heavy metal contaminants would have been left for scavenger birds, where they could have ingested more mercury. LFC should applaud their bird-friendly tactics.
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Posted 02 April 2019 - 10:55 AM

Evidently NASA is none too happy about India's act of little dick syndrome
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Posted 02 April 2019 - 02:33 PM

Maybe it's time we called the RSR

Thanks to LFC's post elsewhere. What a classic.
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