WTF?! Chinese military researchers are concerned about the potential threat posed by Space X’s Starlink satellites and have urged the country to develop ways to destroy or disable them. The news comes shortly after the head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, threatened CEO Elon Musk over Starlink terminals that were sent to help Ukraine.

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PCMag reports that Chinese magazine Modern Defense Technology published an article last month warning of the potential danger posed by Starlink satellites. The study was led by Ren Yuanzhen, a researcher at the Beijing Institute of Surveillance and Telecommunications under the PLA’s Strategic Support Force, and co-authored by several top scientists in China’s defense industry. SCMP.

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“Bye [Starlink] flourishes, and also because of its huge all-round potential for application, it has brought hidden dangers and problems to our country,” the document says. constellation operating system.

Some of the potential military applications for Starlink proposed by the researchers include the ability to increase the data rate of drones and stealth fighters by more than 100 times. The satellites can also provide online communications with troops in the field, destroy important targets in space with their ion thrusters, and carry military payloads, according to the article.

SpaceX has signed a contract with the US Department of Defense to develop tools capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons, further troubling China.

Ren says China needs to adapt its military strategies to counter Starlink satellites. It’s already working on microwaves that can jam satellite communications or burn components, and lasers that can damage or blind them. Ren ruled out the use of rockets given the debris this method would produce and the number of Starlink satellites: now over 2,000, with plans to increase to over 30,000.

China has launched its own Starlink equivalent called Xing Wang or StarNet, offering Internet access in remote locations.

Back in December China complained to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs over claims that a Starlink satellite nearly hit its space station.

After SpaceX boss Elon Musk was threatened Dmitry Rogozinthe head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, about the Starlink terminals sent to help Ukraine, the richest man in the world tweeted: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it would be nice to know you.”