Squirrel (Radagast) has kindly written a guest blog post based of her viewing on subjects inspired by Space Sweepers on Netflix.
Here are my newbie thoughts about my last topic of interest.
I wish you “une bonne lecture”:
“Real Space Wars versus Movie Fiction Current News”
Space inspired the first steps of Mélies a stalwart of early cinema,.
Since then space has always been a subject of inspiration, change of scenery, and a source of wonder.
It reminds me of “Avatar” a 2009 film that raised a lot of mindful questions. Therefore this uncommon movie became my first focus on the subject of Science Fiction.
Nowadays, while Richard Armitage is performing in the movie “Space Sweepers”
Could we ask ourselves the question: Could space war been expected for today, tomorrow or the next days?
Dreamers are listening to the first recording of the sound of the wind on Mars, by Perseverance while others have been around for a long time, in arms races, for a likely called war in space.
In 2007 China sent a missile to destroy one of its old weather satellites, demonstrating their ability to reach these precious orbital vessels.
In 2008 USA followed on a toxic hydrazin tank satellite. Then came the top-secret X-37B spacecraft stories…
In 2016 China also launched a test satellite equipped with a grapple arm for hooking up to other satellites. The official goal was to combat space debris, But such a tool could be useful in destroying foreign equipment
In 2017 at 36,000 km above ground level, in a geostationary orbit, the Franco-Italian very high speed civil-military telecommunications satellite “Athena Fidus” was approached by a Russian satellite “Louch-Olymp”.
In 2019 India successfully destroyed one of their satellite with missile fire. The object, located in space in low earth orbit (300 km above the ground), was destroyed within 3 minutes.
Last year Washington accused Russia of “conducting a non-destructive test of an anti-satellite weapon from space.
Today France, Germany and the USA military soldiers are joining forces to support the “Aster X 2021” project..
The codenamed Aster X is a nod to the first French satellite: Asterix, launched in 1965.
According to Wikipedia the satellite’s name was originally A-1 (A for army). After the successful launch, it was renamed Astérix in honor of the comic book hero.
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ast%C3%A9rixAstérix — Wikipédia
The Aster X exercises have been organized since Monday March 8 and until Friday March 12. It is a “first” in Europe. France is leading the first military space exercise in its history, in order to assess its satellite protection and surveillance capabilities, announced Tuesday, March 9, General Michel Friedling, head of the Space Command (CDE). “stress test of our systems” in order to assess future needs. It also aims to support the rise of the CDE, a new command installed in Toulouse and which will include 500 staff members in 2025. The United States and Germany are involved too.
Either way it is better to hope that like nuclear bombs today, these new weapons would not be used. The consequences would be catastrophic because of the debris released into space. Space is already saturated with flying bins: Space would need international cooperation more than orbital warfare and new satellite destruction tests.
I am dubious, and speechless that there is too much (“wasted” ) money.
The current challenges that would require more investment are so numerous, including: the issues of global warming, the population movements, the lack of drinking water, the Covid pandemy tragedies ,.. Here in 2019 was a scientist’s answer in request to such arguments, protestson radio France Inter.https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/chronique-de-l-espace/chronique-de-l-espace-17-juillet-2019
Definitly, Space is actually a prime topical subject in all fields.For example, the Russian anti – Covid vaccine was named after the first satellite sent around the earth, in 1957. The conquest of space was launched. And I think I have come full circle.https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoutnik_1
Of course ultimately, the sinews of war are the control of means of telecommunication.
But lulled by our film culture, the satellites used by armies around the world are often fantasized. What are they for ?What about their abilities? They are not opened to the public lights, but they too cannot match fiction. We know a lot more about you thanks to your phone…
Stay safe stay well ❤️❤️