Elon Musk’s satellites have come into the focus of the Chinese. Scientists are calling for the Starlink satellites to be destroyed. These are a danger to the Chinese space station Tiangong. However, there are also concerns about Washington “arming” the satellites.
In the last year there has been repeated trouble between the Chinese government and Starlink, which is part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Because the Chinese scientists obviously had to steer the Tiangong space station around the billionaire’s satellites again and again to avoid a collision. This went so far that Beijing formally lodged a complaint with the United Nations in December last year submitted.
The United States has dismissed China’s claim that the Starlink satellites endangered the Chinese space station. Washington explained, if there had been a “significant probability of collision” with China’s space station, China would have been notified in good time. “Because the activities did not reach the threshold of the established criteria for emergency collisions, no emergency notifications were warranted in either case.”
However, concerns about a collision between the Chinese space station and the Starlink satellites only seem to be an excuse. Chinese military scientists now explainedthat the Starlink satellites must be destroyed. However, the problem does not seem to be so much the fear of collisions as the fact that China believes that Starlink could be used for military purposes, thereby threatening China’s national security. They wrote that “a combination of soft and hard kill methods should be used to render some Starlink satellites inoperable and destroy the constellation’s operating system.”
According to the scientists, China should “vigorously develop countermeasures” against Starlink, as such capabilities are necessary for China “to maintain and gain advantages in the tough space game.” Basically, it’s all about supremacy in low-Earth orbit. And Beijing tested successfully launched an anti-satellite missile back in 2007 by destroying one of its own inactive weather satellites. That is, the Chinese already possess the technology to pulverize these satellites. And it can be assumed that Beijing will not shy away from producing a huge debris field in Earth orbit in an emergency.