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The next World Conflict could start in Space

Astranis Space Technologies, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It can hardly be disputed that tensions rise between the big international powers. And Space could be used as a major battlefield. More than 2.200 active satellites are currently circling the earth (Re.UCS). Although no anti-satellite weapon has yet been used in warfare, countries such as the USA, Russia, China and India have successfully shot down their own satellites to demonstrate their capabilities in the event of conflict in Space. It should also be noted that France is improving an anti-satellite laser weapon. Technologies based on the use of lasers can dazzle or blind satellites rendering them unusable. It is a fact that many spy satellites are already in orbit around the earth. And attacks which would be launched from Space are no longer in the realm of fantasy. The Americans through Pt Trump were the first to announce officially the creation of a Space Force. In this context security organizations like NATO have taken steps forward in order to launch a new Space policy. And NATO officials declared that Space could soon become a war zone. Mastering Space to protect a country is no longer an option or a goal. It has become an imperative.

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