Defense officials want to test a neutral particle beam in orbit in twenty twenty three as part of a ramped up efforts to explore various types of space based weaponry space based weapons areas that really need it. They think it is and they’re asking for $3.4 million dollars in the 2020 budget to develop such beams with more powerful lasers and other new tech for missile defense. They want next generation missile defense to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. The Pentagon is going to undertake two studies, one of them is a fifteen million dollar exploration and that’s for satellites outfitted with lasers that may be able to disable enemy missiles coming off the launch pad.
Defense officials said that they expect to finish the study in about six months and they’re also asking money for a study of space based neutral particle beams and that said directed energy beam that disrupts missiles with streams of subatomic particles traveling close to light speed as opposed to a laser whose photons travel at light speed. A senior defense official said “we’ve come a long way in terms of the technology we use today to wear a full all up system wouldn’t be the size of three of these conference rooms right we now believe we can get it down to a package that we can put on as part of a payload to be placed on orbit power generation beam formation an accelerometer that’s required to get there and what it takes to neutralize that beam that capability has been matured and there are technologies that we can use today to miniaturize it.”
But that doesn’t mean that they’re actually going to deploy this beam. They’re don’t know if they’re going to deploy the weapon and they said “I can’t say that it is going to be at a space and weight requirement is going to actually be feasible but we’re pushing forward with the prototype and dont know if that means we need to understand as a department the cost and what it would take to go to do that there’s a lot of folklore says it’s either crazy expensive for that it’s free it needs to be a definitive study he goes on to say the addition of the neutral particle beam effort will design develop and conduct a feasibility demonstration for space based directed energy intercept later this future system will offer new kill options for the ballistic missile defense system and as another layer of protection for the homeland so basically what they want these weapons to do so any enemy rocket were to leave the atmosphere right in the only have a couple of minutes before it does that.
Once it leaves the atmosphere they can’t be taken up by air batteries so they have to be taken up by some other way and that’s where the directed energy applications of four but if the skill of the power to make a what class then you have to reduce the weight to launch it and you got to have a power source and they say that it’s critically technically challenging and there are proponents of this because some people don’t want space weapons and I’ll get into that right after this break because they have to take a pause for the cause of peace and bills and I’ll be right back welcome back Kingston reef who directs disarmament and threat reduction policy at the arms control association said the deployment of interceptors in space would be a disaster for strategic stability to ensure the credibility of their nuclear deterrence Russia in China would likely respond by building additional and new types of long range ballistic missiles as well as missiles the flight on non ballistic trajectories Russia and China would also take steps to improve their ability to destroy such US interceptors therefore greatly increasing the threat to US assets in space and you might have heard about the outer space treaty it was signed by the U. S. in nineteen sixty seven and it prohibits placing nuclear weapons in space but it doesn’t say anything about particle beam weapons doesn’t say anything about weapons that part of mass destructive capabilities now the other thing is this isn’t the first time that a government is doing this China and Russia are also developing space based weapons and they could possibly put them in orbit by next year.
Both states are developing jamming in cyberspace capabilities directed energy weapons on orbit capabilities and ground based anti satellite missiles that can achieve a range of reversible ten non reversible affects both also have networks of telescopes radars and satellites to track characterize and possibly even target US satellites that watch enemy movements and missile launches in China’s lately building anti said late laser weapons may already have a limited capability to deploy limited capability anti satellite satellites so this is a satellite that possibly you know it it flies up to another settling basically and it sprays it was something they have chemical sprayers hi power microwaves radio frequency jammers another laser robotic mechanism so like a robotic arm they can reach out and grab the other satellite and yank it out or better crush it or whatever and kinetic kill vehicles so kinetic kill vehicle on the system ramming kamikaze kind of settling so the satellite might destroy itself in order to destroy the another satellite but this is the way the war is going we’re not fighting wars anymore as much as we used to do on the ground.
Things like drones I Thomas vehicles things of that technical nature happen you know more so than not and satellite fights well they’re just gonna be commonplace in the future because we’re headed off ground up in the air I Tana misli now China is also developing satellites that can perform on orbit inspections of its satellites so he can repair a satellite that’s already in orbit in the United States is also developing an orbit repair capabilities and then some of the satellites they can be used as weapons so they send lights they have repair capabilities think about what they would do if they use these tools to dismantle an enemy satellite those of the thing that the future of space war I guess is if you want to call it that it’s going to look like but don’t leave Russia out of this they’re heavily invested in space based attacks satellites into twenty seventeen Russia deployed what is described as an inspector said late capable of diagnosing the technical condition of a Russian satellite from the closest possible distance however it’s behavior is inconsistent with on orbit inspection activities for space situational awareness capabilities and now if the United States defense department does deploy the weapons in space that they’re talking about building they would be the first country to do so officially all these other things are kinda hush hush in they’re still working on things but if the United States gets up there first and doesn’t first and they claim it first shortly there after the other countries would follow suit so I hope they didn’t scare you too much it’s a really weird subject I don’t like to get in the subject too much but I thought it was a pretty interesting concept and I thought it was kind of one of those things that nobody really talks about so I you know maybe it’s something we should talk about more.