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Chinese scientists at work on means to destroy Starlink

In what will undoubtedly be of some concern to Starlink RV subscribers, as well as other Starlink users and the rest of the country, China is working on a plan to neutralize and destroy Starlink satellites.

In April, a scientific paper published in the Chinese journal Modern Defence Technology described scientific efforts to devise a way to disable or destroy Starlink. The lead researcher Ren Yuanzhen wrote that “a combination of soft and hard kill methods should be adopted to make some Starlink satellites lose their functions and destroy constellation’s operating system.”

The scientific work was an effort of Chinese researchers Ren Yuanzhen and four other colleagues. Ren is a researcher with the Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications, a part of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Strategic Support Force. It is unclear whether the statements outlined in the paper represent the official position of the Chinese government.

Starlink “poses threat” to China

The scientific paper enumerated how the Starlink network poses a threat to China. It cited the ability of Starlink satellites to be maneuvered to change orbit and track Chinese hypersonic ballistic missiles. It also commented on Starlink’s role in the war in Ukraine, where Starlink enabled precision targeting of Ukrainian missiles and aided Ukrainian forces in targeting and sinking one of Russia’s capital warships, the guided-missile cruiser Moskva.

The paper declared that Starlink represented a “huge potential for military applications,” including boosting data transmission speeds of U.S. airborne drones and stealth fighter jets and destroying Chinese satellites. Plus, China already had some near collisions with Starlink satellites, such as when its space station performed emergency maneuvers to avoid a collision with Starlink satellites in July and October 2021.

China already well-equipped with satellite-destroying weapons

China already has weapons designed to disable satellites. According to the paper, they include cyber weapons to hack into satellite networks, lasers capable of blocking satellite sensors, microwave jammers that can interfere with communications or destroy electrical components, and anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles to destroy them, per the U.S. Department of Defense. However, the Chinese researchers stated that country’s current weapons, which can target individual satellites, are not capable of disabling the entire Starlink constellation. “The Starlink constellation constitutes a decentralized system. The confrontation is not about individual satellites, but the whole system.”

The study suggests that China has not yet attained the capability of launching a broad attack on the Starlink system. Starlink can continue to function even after some of its satellites become dysfunctional, as demonstrated in February 2022, after losing more than forty low-earth orbiting devices due to space weather.

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Al H
3 months ago

Starlink? Why? That’s all the stuff I’m trying to get away from when I camp! Elon, as well as the rest of the big-bucks guys, need to learn that, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should.

Honestly, I’d be more interested in hearing how much difficulty I would encounter trying to visit Canada and return.

Don
3 months ago

China needs to be sent back to the dark ages, while the USA has the capability to get it done.

MevetS
3 months ago

It would seem that this is a way for the CCP to filter out information they don’t care to be available. Not that they are alone it’s expanding to other areas of the world.

Cooper
3 months ago

I see no value in this article other than to fuel the flames of discontent and hate as some of the comments show.
Let’s just keep it to RV stuff including Safe RV travel

As a Canadian and a regular reader I am more interested in what the Canadian government says with their travel advisory of Canadians to the USA.

I will use my normal precautions per the advisory,These are the top 2 items for me.
It’s interesting the Canadian government would highlight these items to be wary of.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states#risk

National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in Houston, TexasThe National Rifle Association Annual Meeting is being held in Houston, Texas,

Gun violenceThe rate of firearm possession in the US is high. It’s legal in many states for US citizens to openly carry firearms in public.
Incidences of mass shootings occur, resulting most often in casualties.

MevetS
3 months ago
Reply to  Cooper

Grow up.

Cooper
3 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

Be kind, be safe,be careful and wash your hands.
Cooper

Eric
3 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

His comment seems pretty adult, unlike some.

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago
Reply to  Eric

What, “wash your hands” isn’t adult. My mom always told me that. 🙂

YZMan
3 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

Concur

Cooper
3 months ago
Reply to  Randall Brink

Very true. To me as a Canadian being advised of the threat of violence is more important than not being able to stream Netflix.
Be safe
Cooper

Jeff Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Cooper

Cooper, I love Canada, and the fact that they are still living the best values that the US had 40 years ago, before politics became a weapon. I see ‘F#@k Trudeau’ stickers at the Costco in Bellingham and other stations too often (and always on huge, lifted pickups…) so I know the craziness is creeping north. Yes, America has a gun problem. But, most of all, we have an entitlement problem. Americans, by and large, feel entitled to everything they want, when they want it, and more than they need of whatever it is. Canada still looks out for each other and grimaces while helping each other. Americans whine about it while also quickly passing the collection plate on Sunday, as if they left their wallet in their car.

Just like any area, there are sketchy neighborhoods you shouldn’t go to. The odds of you being involved in any sort of violence in the US is remote – but due to our lax gun laws, they are very high compared to anywhere else. Just stay aware and you’ll be fine. And thanks for visiting!

Cooper
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Thank you very much.

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Update; Trudeau just banned guns in your country. Good luck!

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 months ago

Hey, Billy. Trudeau proposed it. It’s not a done deal. And Jeff doesn’t live in Canada. In fact, he lives in my neck of the woods. Have a great day. 🙂 –Diane

YZMan
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

You are free to stay in Canada, just like Cooper. Isn’t freedom great!?

Eric
3 months ago
Reply to  Cooper

It is at least peripherally interesting to RV’ers since many will be depending on Starlink.

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago

B.S. article. Those Commies do not want their people unfettered access to the net, PERIOD

Enough of the BS starwars crap.

Silas Longshot
3 months ago

I’m betting that Musk & crew have no doubt anticipated such malicious activity from the enemies of the USA, both Russia & China and have made the system both robust and hack proof. I believe the Russkies already tried disabling the system over Ukraine and it was remedied very quickly & shut them out of any more attempts.

Jeff Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Randall Brink

Russia and China have been weaponizing space since 2007. We all laugh at ‘Space Force’, but the US needs a presence in the LaGrange points and on Luna.

Bruce
3 months ago

Starting to sound like outer space is like driving through Atlanta at rush hour with all the sats out there 😁

Marc Goldstone
3 months ago

The Chinese are full of C_ap! The Starlink satellites are in low earth orbit while the ISS is well above them. China merely wants to assure their “Subjects” cannot access the free internet devoid of CCP censorship. It’s all about Communist control of information!!!

captain gort
3 months ago
Reply to  Marc Goldstone

…sounds like the media control we see right here in the good ‘ol USA lately….

Jeff Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  captain gort

That has no basis in fact there, Tucker Carlson…..

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago
Reply to  Marc Goldstone

EXACTLY RIGHT.

Crowman
3 months ago

Keep buying crap from China to aid them with money to help destroy us and the world.

Mike O.
3 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

People should wake up and not support the enemy. China does not have good intentions and wants to take over the world.

Jeff Craig
3 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

STOP SHOPPING AT WALMART!

Bob Palin
3 months ago

The 40 satellites lost to weather were not in service, they were in a low testing orbit which is why they were vulnerable. Their loss didn’t demonstrate anything about the robustness of the system.

Bob Palin
3 months ago
Reply to  Randall Brink

Take 40 working satellites out and there will be a change in service, with over 2000 satellites in orbit it won’t be dramatic but it will have an effect.

MikeSchwab
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

They weren’t working yet. They needed to climb 100+ kilometers and get into their position before they would have started serving subscribers.

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago
Reply to  Bob Palin

There is no “weather in space.

MikeSchwab
3 months ago

Its called solar wind and Coronal Mass Ejections. Stirred up the atmosphere enough to drag them back down. https://spaceweather.com/

BILLY Bob Thronton
3 months ago
Reply to  Randall Brink

Look, weather, anyway you spaceball junkies cut it, Didnt take out 40 starlinks. Ypu really have to stop this nonsense.

You can talk about orbit decay, or whatever, but watch spaceballs if you really want the answer!

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