As Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet network, has become a military communication tool, Chinese scientists are offering various solutions to monitor, hack or destroy it. The “hard” missile method does not seem to be preferred because it is expensive and dangerous.
Troublemaker of New Technologies with Tesla,Neuralink and soon maybe Twitter, has been at the center of the conflict in Ukraine for three months. Since the beginning of the Russian aggression, the billionaire has decided to help Ukraine by making its of satellites for providing Internet connection. A choice that puts, in his words, and this Monday, we learned that it is also in China’s crosshairs.
According toChinese scientists are currently working on “methods of destruction” of satellites . The reason ? The US military relies on this constellation of satellites to dramatically increase data transmission, in particular for combat aircraft and of combat and could in the future use it to follow such as those available for Russia and China.
The “hard” method or the “soft” method?
A technological asset that has worried China since Musk has already put more than 2,000 satellites inlow, and that he plans to send twenty times as many! This report advocates “low-cost” but “high-return” ways to shut down that network. According to these researchers, Starlink represents “enormous potential for military” and China must develop countermeasures to monitor, disable or even destroy this constellation.
According to South China morning mailChina is unlikely to use the “hard” method withdestroying them, both because it is too expensive, but also because the wreckage caused by such destruction can pose a huge danger in space. We therefore prefer to orient ourselves towards the “soft” method with or blocking systems.
What if China created its own constellation
In their report, the scientists therefore mention the use of radio jammers – which can interrupt communications or fry electronic components – or lasers whose. China is already able to disable satellites, but individually. There, it’s a constellation, and it’s obviously more complicated. This study already warns that the decommissioning of some satellites will not be enough to bring down Starlink because it is “a decentralized system”.
In the end, one of the recommended solutions would be to respond to Starlink by creating a similar network of small satellites, both to monitor the Elon Musk constellation and to be able to quickly hack or disable a large part of the network.Just beginning…