ET-Elon Musks Starshield, UFOs über China und die Militarisierung des Weltraums

ET-Elon Musks Starshield, UFOs über China und die Militarisierung des Weltraums

Elon Musk, der der Ukraine mit seinen Spacelink-Satellitennetzerk und im Gazakrieg Israel half, nun dementierte, dass er damit auch Putin unterstützte, einen Ukrainefriedensplan wie Trump befürwortete, der ihm Kritik einbrachte auf der Seite des Aggressors Putins zu stehen, wurde nun auch Gegenstand eines parteiübergreifenden Anfrage des US- Kongresses, auf welcher Seite Musk und sein Spacelink- System im Falle eins Konfliktes oder Krieges um Taiwan stehen werde, zumal er auch schon einmal meinte, man könne mit China bezüglich Taiwan es diesem wie Hongkong überlassen. Für einige gilt Musk doch eher als Mann Pekings, zumal er dort ja auch noch stark investiert hat, auch in ein Teslawerk in Shanghai. Nun wollen die US- Abgeordneten ähnlich wie es früher im alten DDR-Lied hieß. wissen: „Sag mir wo du stehst!“

Die Global Times wiederum bemängelt an die Adresse von Elon Musk, dass er mit seinem Megaplan an neuen Satellitenstarts, nun auch durch eine neu geschaffene Abteilung für militärische und Spionagezecke mittels Starshield die Militarisierung des Weltraums vorantreibe:

SpaceX’s spy satellite network deal a major step toward ’space militarization,‘ poses new threat to global security: experts

By Fan Anqi and Guo YuandanPublished: Mar 17, 2024 09:10 PMSpaceX launches the third test flight of the Starship spacecraft on March 14, 2024. The rocket system entered space several minutes after launch from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas. It achieved a number of milestones before losing contact with the ground, according to media reports. Photo: AFP

SpaceX launches the third test flight of the Starship spacecraft on March 14, 2024. The rocket system entered space several minutes after launch from Starbase in Boca Chica, Texas. It achieved a number of milestones before losing contact with the ground, according to media reports. Photo: AFP
SpaceX’s increasing involvement in US‘ military deployment poses a new threat to world peace and stability, and may even impact the everyday lives of ordinary people around the world, experts warned after the company is reportedly building a powerful spy satellite network using hundreds of its satellites for US intelligence agencies. 

In an exclusive report from Reuters on Saturday, the commercial space giant is allegedly building a network of spy satellites under a classified contract worth $1.8 billion with a US intelligence agency called the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Reuters said, citing sources familiar with the program. 

A special business unit under SpaceX, Starshield, is undertaking the project, the sources revealed, and if successful, it would significantly advance the US military’s ability to quickly spot potential targets „almost anywhere on the globe,“ the reports said. 

The reason the NRO chose SpaceX was mainly due to the company’s advantage in the number of small satellites it has in orbit, which allows for maximum coverage of more orbital levels, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert and media commentator, told the Global Times on Sunday. 

„The large number of satellites can enable the monitoring of a certain area without any blind spots, not only in coverage but also in time duration, thereby creating an all-encompassing spy network above the heads of all countries around the world,“ Wei said. 

Starshield was established in December 2022, when the company announced it was „expanding its Starlink satellite technology into military applications.“ The target customers of Starshield includes the Pentagon and other national security agencies.

While the company tried hard to separate the two units to calm public worries, it is clear to all that the line is not so clear. Starshield will utilize the Starlink satellite constellation in low-Earth orbit to meet the growing needs of the US defense and intelligence agencies, media reports said, further blurring the boundary between civilian and military use.

Prior to this program, the Pentagon was already a big customer of SpaceX, using its Falcon 9 rockets to launch a dozen military payloads into space, according to media reports.

„This move is very dangerous,“ Wei said, as once space becomes another arena for arms race, the company’s assets could be in jeopardy. In addition, if this spy satellite network gets involved in a US-instigated „space war“ and thus poses threats to other countries, SpaceX may become a target for retaliation or counterbalance.

Wang Ya’nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, believes that countries and regions will definitely take countermeasures once the network become operational, such as by moving facilities underground or using optical camouflage for concealment. As a result, obtaining sensitive information would still not be „a piece of cake“ for US intelligence agencies, Wang told the Global Times.

Nevertheless, observers believe the spy network will pose a new threat to global peace and security. „The US‘ extensive intelligence reconnaissance of countries or regions of interest will inevitably make some hot-button issues more sensitive or even escalate, and it will also make already complex international relationships more difficult to handle,“ Wang said.

Wei warned that the satellite system will not only monitor military targets but civilian targets as well, potentially exposing the daily lives of ordinary people to surveillance, which will have significant negative implications for information security and personal privacy protection worldwide.

While the US incessantly hypes China’s „growing threat“ in space and advocates for „demilitarization,“ it has not stopped building up its military capabilities in the field, with the true aim of achieving a dominant position in space technology to support its superiority. „Due to the US‘ instigations, we may eventually have to face the fact that space has become a new battleground,“ Wang noted. 

SpaceX’s spy satellite network deal a major step toward ’space militarization,‘ poses new threat to global security: experts – Global Times

Inzwischen gibt es auch UFO- Meldungen in China und versucht man aufgeregte Chinesen wie zuletzt das Pentagon die Amerikaner, dass es sich hierbei nicht um Außerirdische handele, sondern im ersteren Falle um Elon Musk der ET sei:

Unidentified flying object seen over several cities in China to be SpaceX rocket carrying Starlink satellites: experts

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 16, 2024 02:33 PMPhoto: Screenshot from Beijing Daily

Photo: Screenshot from the Beijing Daily
After netizens in several parts of China captured footage of an unidentified flying object in the sky on Sunday, experts stated that this phenomenon was caused by the passivation process of the rocket launched by SpaceX carrying Starlink satellites over North China, according to media reports on Monday.

Netizens posted videos on Sunday claiming that an unidentified flying object were seen flying across the sky in many parts of China. Internet users in Beijing commented that the unidentified light cluster looked like a moving cloud-like object, but it was definitely not an airplane.

„The glowing object had three light sources arranged in an isosceles triangle, and it dispersed like a mist and disappeared without a trace,“ another netizen wrote.

People from North China’s Hebei and Shanxi provinces also reported seeing the flying object and described it as resembling a large mosquito, and some questioned whether it was a rocket launch.

In response to the doubts of netizens, Zhu Jin, a researcher from the Beijing Planetarium, stated that the unidentified flying object was a phenomenon caused by the passivation treatment of the rocket carrying the Starlink satellites launched by SpaceX at 16:59 on Sunday Beijing time passing over North China, according to the Beijing News on Monday.

Zhu said that passivation treatment can be seen as the process of the rocket discarding unused fuel. When a rocket completes its mission, there is usually leftover fuel, which is not brought back to Earth with the rocket. Instead, the remaining fuel from the final stage of the rocket is vented through passivation treatment to prevent explosions.

According to the China Newsweek, Yang Yuguang, Vice Chair of the Space Transportation Committee at the International Astronautical Federation, further explained that passivation treatment is a common practice by major countries to mitigate the space debris, which includes three aspects: emptying the remaining propellant, releasing gas from high-pressure cylinders, and discharging the electrical energy from its batteries. These three aspects are all aimed at avoiding the danger caused by self-explosion of the rocket’s final stage, according to Yang.

The expert stated that currently, humans use multi-stage rockets to deliver payloads, such as satellites, spacecraft and space stations, into orbit around the Earth. The batteries are used in the last stage of the launch vehicle, and once the battery power is depleted, the spacecraft loses all functionality and becomes space junk, which is detrimental to the mitigation of space debris. The space junk may collide with other spacecraft or explode itself, generating more and larger space debris, Yang said.

Under normal circumstances, when people observe the final stage of a launch vehicle passing through a certain area, it appears as a bright spot, which is actually a reflection of sunlight. It can be seen only if the sky is not too bright and it must be able to be illuminated by the sun, so it is more likely to see the artificial spacecraft during dawn and dusk, Yang noted.

According to the SpaceX website, Falcon 9 launched 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit at 12:59 am Pacific Time Sunday and 23 Starlink satellites at 8:52 pm US Eastern Time Sunday.

Global Times

Unidentified flying object seen over several cities in China to be SpaceX rocket carrying Starlink satellites: experts – Global Times

Nun auch weitere Aufregung:

„Putin greift bei Angriffen auf die Ukraine wohl auf US-Satellitenfotos zurück

Stand:19.03.2024, 07:11 Uhr

Von: Simon Schröder

Russland scheint für Luftangriffe amerikanische Satellitenbilder zu nutzen. Eine anonyme ukrainische Quelle zeigt auf, wie problematisch Satellitenbilder sein können.

Kiew – Eine ukrainische Militärquelle teilte der US-amerikanischen Zeitschrift The Atlantic mit, dass die Russen Satellitenbilder amerikanischer Firmen benutzen, um ihre Marschflugkörper im Ukraine-Krieg ans Ziel zu bringen. Die Indizien seien eindeutig, so die anonyme Quelle. Nachdem ein Satellit ein Bild eines Gebiets geschossen hat, folgt darauf nach einigen Tagen oder Wochen ein Raketenangriff der Russen.

Kurz darauf wird ein weiteres Bild geschossen, um den angerichteten Schaden bewerten zu können. „Die Zahl der Zufälle, bei denen die Luftangriffe auf Satellitenbilder folgen, ist zu hoch, dass es zufällig wäre.“

Luftangriff folgte auf Satellitenbilder – Wie Putin amerikanische Satelliten ausnutzt

Ein Beispiel macht es deutlich: Am 2. April 2022 hatten amerikanische Firmen mindestens 9 Mal ein Satellitenbild des ländlich gelegenen Flugplatzes bei Myrhorod angefordert. Nachdem der Flugplatz von Raketen getroffen wurde, forderte jemand wieder Satellitenbilder an. Und laut The Atlantic gäbe es Hunderte solcher Fälle, bei denen vor und nach einem Angriff von amerikanischen Firmen Satellitenbilder für das betroffene Gebiet angefordert wurden.

Die anonyme Militärquelle zeigte sich entsetzt: „Bis vor etwa sechs Monaten konnten wir uns nicht vorstellen, dass private Unternehmen Satellitenbilder von sensiblen Gebieten verkaufen würden.“ Stellvertretende Verteidigungsministerin der Ukraine, Kateryna Chernohorenko, äußerte sich in einem Statement besorgt. Dem Verteidigungsministerium sei durchaus bewusst, dass Russland wohl auch Satellitenbilder von Drittparteien kaufe, die auch für Militäroperationen gegen die Ukraine benutzt werden könnten.

Satellitenbilder als zweischneidiges Schwert im Ukraine-Krieg – Putins Panzerlager leeren sich

Doch auch für Russland sind Satellitenbilder ein Problem. Die russischen Waffenlager bluten langsam aus – und Satellitenbilder können es belegen. Laut der britischen Nachrichtenseite Telegraph, zeigen Satellitenbilder, wie sich die russischen Freiluft-Panzerlager langsam leeren. Im sibirischen Burjatien zeigen die Bilder, wie bis zu 40 Prozent des sowjetischen Panzerbestandes aufgebraucht sind. An anderen Standorten, die von Satelliten eingesehen werden können, sieht es ähnlich aus.

Somit sind die Satellitenbilder ein zweischneidiges Schwert für Wladimir Putin. Sie scheinen ihm zwar benötigte Information für militärische Luftschläge zu geben, können aber auch seine schrumpfenden Reserven aufdecken. Ob es schärfere Kontrollen geben wird, an wen die Satellitenbilder verkauft werden ist fraglich. Andrey Liscovich, der eine amerikanische Non-Profit-Organisation leitet, teilte The Atlantic mit, dass „westliche Regierungen die Verbreitung von Satellitenbildern über der Ukraine einschränken und sicherstellen sollten.“ (SiSchr)

Putin nutzt offenbar US-Satellitenfotos für Angriffe auf Ukraine (merkur.de)

Das müsste doch der Union und der FDP gefallen. Der Markt regelt es. Wohl mal wieder ein Beispiel für Lenins Paradigma: „Die Kapitalisten werden uns die Stricke liefern, an den wir sie aufhängen“, das Xi und Putin zur Exzellenz perfektioniert haben, auch unter Ausnutzung des Neoliberalismus. Eigentlich wünscht man auch den Hayeks, Milton Friedmans, Mises und ihren Neoliberalismus- und Libertarismusapologeten, dass sie aufgehängt werden, da sie ganze Kontinente ins Elend stürzten und nur ihre Plutokraten bereichern. Wer sind eigentlich diese privaten Anbieter von Satellitenfotos? Soviele dürften es ja nicht sein, Google Map wohl eher nicht, oder? Scheinbar will auch keiner Namen nennen und das gleich mal entscheiden abstellen. Elon Musk hat gerade dahingehende Vorwürfe und Gerüchte dementsprechend dementiert,, dass Putin auch seine Satelliten nutze. Die Zeiten, als wie im Iran-Irakkrieg Saddam Hussein da US-staatlich und vom Pentagon die Satellitenbilder iranischer Truppenbewegungen geliefert bekam, scheinen vorbei.

Derweil meldet China auch weitere Erfolge, bei der weiteren Nutzung des Weltraums:

China eyes launching low-cost cargo spacecraft for space station through commercial rocket

By Global TimesPublished: Jan 12, 2024 11:22 AMPhoto: Courtesy of CAS Space

Photo: Courtesy of CAS Space
Commercial aerospace company CAS Space and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Microsatellite Innovation Research Institute have confirmed a plan that the low-cost cargo spacecraft product developed by the Microsatellite Innovation Institute will be launched by the company’s Kinetica 2 liquid carrier rocket and will undergo the first flight mission in 2025 for comprehensive on-orbit assessment and verification, the Global Times learned from the company on Friday. 

The first flight can also carry low-orbit internet constellation satellites.

To further reduce the cost of transporting cargo to the space station and enhance the flexibility of cargo transportation, the China Manned Space Agency issued in May 2023 the call for proposals for the overall plan of the low-cost cargo transportation system for the Chinese space station. 

The CAS Space and the Microsatellite Innovation Institute jointly conducted ship-rocket integration verification and key technology research. Its design of an integrated „Ship-Rocket-Cargo“ space-to-ground transportation system utilizes a low-cost cargo spacecraft and the Kinetica 2 liquid carrier rocket to provide a solution. 

The proposal successfully won the qualification bidding organized by the China Manned Space Agency and entered the detailed design phase.

Kinetica 2 is a medium-sized liquid carrier rocket independently developed by CAS Space. Inheriting the technology of its previous generation of rocket, Kinetica 2 adopted a CBC (Common Booster Core) configuration, with a common core diameter of 3.35 meters, a total length of 53 meters, a takeoff mass of 628 tons, and a takeoff thrust of 766 tons. 

The rocket has a SSO (Sun-synchronous orbit) payload capacity of 7.8 tons and a LEO (low Earth orbit) payload capacity of 12 tons. It has the capability to launch satellites into sun-synchronous orbit, low Earth orbit, and transfer orbit. With its large carrying capacity and low cost, it can be the main rocket for China’s low-cost cargo spacecraft, satellite internet networking, space science satellite launches, and deep space exploration missions.

The three core requirements of the cargo transportation system for the Chinese space station are high payload, high efficiency, and low cost. The research team, through the „Ship-Rocket-Cargo“ plan to meet these requirements, focused on key technologies such as low-orbit batch production design, multi-method weight reduction and quality assurance, high-intelligence assistance in packaging, and fully digitalized design. The solution has flexible configuration, high efficiency, and cargo transportation guarantee, resulting in five features: ultra-cost effective, ultra-fast, ultra-load capacity, ultra-safe, and ultra-comfortable.

The planned Kinetica 2 launch is the first time that a Chinese commercial aerospace company participates in the development and launch of the low-cost cargo transportation project for the Chinese space station. This mission is of great significance in enhancing China’s aerospace sector’s innovation vitality and market competitiveness.

China eyes launching low-cost cargo spacecraft for space station through commercial rocket – Global Times

China’s state-owned space giant CASC completes all 48 launch missions for 2023 with a perfect success rate

By 

Deng XiaociPublished: Dec 30, 2023 01:34 PMPhoto: Weibo account of CCTV News

Photo: Weibo account of CCTV News

Having successfully launched an internet technology test satellite using a Long March-2C rocket on Saturday morning from the Northwest China’s Gansu Province, China’s state-owned space giant China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced that it has completed all 48 missions scheduled for the year of 2023, with a perfect success rate. 

Sources inside the space industry said the mission marked the completion of China’s annual space launch plan in 2023.

So far, China has carried out nearly 70 rocket launches this year and 47 of them were conducted by the Long March rocket family, the nation’s main launch vehicle fleet.

According to the CASC’s official press release on Saturday, CASC has sent more than 130 spacecraft into their pre-designated orbits in the 48 orbital launches, with the Long March rocket series carrying out 47 of the total 48 flight missions, and the Smart Dragon-3 carrying out ocean based launches in South China Sea near South China’s Guangdong Province.

The Long March rocket series have extended their current winning streak to 175 consecutive missions, CASC announced on Saturday. 

The internet technology test satellite launched on Saturday was developed by the China Academy of Spacecraft Technology Corporation (CAST) by CASC.

The Global Times has learned from the CAST that the academy has also delivered a perfect score in 2023, with all 46 satellites and spacecraft it developed being successfully launched into orbit. 

CAST said in a statement shared with the Global Times on Saturday that among the 46 satellites and spacecraft flight missions, it has supported and ensured the smooth undertaking of missions related to the China Space Station that include the spaceflight of Tianzhou-6 cargo spacecraft, Shenzhou-16 and -17 manned spacecraft. 

The academy also listed innovations and breakthroughs achieved in 2023, which marked significant milestones in the country’s space exploration endeavors this year in the statement. 

China successfully launched the Land Survey 4 01 satellite in 2023. Developed by the CAST, the satellite has been recognized as the „world’s first high-orbit Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite.“ 

Its unique capability to operate uninhibited by climate and light conditions allows for unprecedented all-weather, round-the-clock Earth-to-Earth observation. The launch of the satellite significantly enhances China’s space-based disaster monitoring system, and expands its observational capabilities in key regions of the country.

China has also successfully dispatched a new-generation ocean color monitoring satellites into space in November to help improve understanding of marine waters, the world’s first high-precision ocean color observation satellite that targets various water bodies around the world, using multiple detection methods.

Also notable was the launch of Zhongxing-26 satellite in 2023, with a communication capacity exceeding 100 Gbps, making it currently the most powerful satellite in China for the civilian and commercial communication use. 

China has also added the 56th, 57th and 58th satellites to its mega space infrastructure the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) in 2023, making the system more reliable. 

Marking a significant victory of international cooperation in space, China has also launched the EgyptSat-2 satellite, which was achieved via a joint development model between China and Egypt. It contributes significantly to the transformation and upgrading of Sino-Arab and Sino-African cooperation, as well as to the high-quality development of the China-backed Belt and Road Initiative. 

Pang Zhihao, a renowned space expert on Saturday hailed China’s space program for achieving steady development and continuous innovation, making significant achievements in fields such as launch vehicles, artificial satellites, manned spaceflight, and space exploration in 2023. 

China’s state-owned space giant CASC completes all 48 launch missions for 2023 with a perfect success rate – Global Times

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