US Getting Worried About China's Space Program
It's fearful of what China could do to our security satellites
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 10:06 AM CST
A Minotaur 4 rocket carrying the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite blasts off. It's designed to detect and monitor space objects that could be a threat to national security and communications.   (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Andrew Lee)

(Newser) – What China has done recently in space remains classified. But what sources were willing to tell Reuters is that those moves have officials worried that the country is becoming increasingly able to mess with US satellites that are key to our security. The revelation follows a late 2012 classified intelligence report on said moves that one former government officials calls "very credible and sobering." The report apparently touched on China's growing potential to affect satellites found in higher orbits, following years of lower-orbit anti-satellite activities by the country.

It's at these higher altitudes some 22,000 miles above the equator that satellites used for military communications and early missile warning systems live. US officials remain on the lookout for any further anti-satellite activities there, which could include bringing two satellites together in space under the guise of testing docking abilities, a feat that could be used to more destructive ends. "Some critical US assets in that region have been assumed for the most part to be safe from those kind of attacks," said a security expert. "Such tests would signal that they're not."

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Jan 15, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Cold War 2
Jan 15, 2013 10:59 AM CST
It is high time that our country got scared of what Richard Nixon and Ronald Ray-gunz and George H.W. "daddy" Bush the 1st and Goering Warcrimes "boy George" the 2nd lured China into doing... joining us in the commerce and finance of the world! Hell, Boeing is assembling its jet-fighter technology jet aircraft both in Moscow Russia and in Beijing China! They do not need to come HERE to spy on us any more, and what do we do if we catch them spying in our Beijing Boeing aircraft plant? Throw the Chinese out of China ????? The Repugnant Party is the most diabolically anti-US mainstream political mafia our country has ever been infected by. Because of Nixon-Reagan-Bush 1 and Bush 2, China is now the creditor to one-third of our national debt and posssses our technology due to relocating our businesses there !!! It is time to end the Repugnant Party as a legal entity because they are an anti-US subversive tyranny!
Jan 15, 2013 2:03 AM CST
Since when isn't the U.S. worried about the space program of 'insert name of global competitor?' It was Russia last century, now it's China. Call me an economist, but I think competition is a good thing. True, the national budget can't really afford much room for the space program, but I'm with Stephen Hawkings on this one- if we don't colonize another planet in the next few centuries, the liklihood of the total extinction of the human race is quite overwhelming. So compete away.