A study released in China last month stated that China needs to develop anti-satellite capabilities, including a size and sensitivity monitoring system to monitor every Starling satellite.
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Ren Yuanzhen, a researcher at the Beijing Institute of Tracking & Telecommunications, which operates under the PLA Force, led the study. This included many senior researchers.
“With soft and hard destroying methods, some Starling satellites can lose their functionality,” said an article in Modern Defense Technology, a magazine reviewed in China.
Starling is the most ambitious satellite communications project. It provides a wide range of Internet services for business and military users around the world.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, has become very popular in China for his many innovations. However, the proximity of his company’s two Starling satellites to China’s space research center has caused great controversy.
The Chinese analyst predicts that US military drones and warplanes could use the Starling service to increase their data transfer speeds by more than 100 times.
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SpaceX has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop new technology based on the Starling operating system.
This includes sensors that detect and monitor hypersonic weapons traveling at five times the speed of sound or at high speeds in the Earth’s atmosphere.
With more than 2,300 satellites, the Starling service, which is in low Earth orbit, is generally believed to be indestructible. This is because some satellites are capable of continuing to serve the remaining satellites even if they fail.
While the growing tension between China and the United States is seen as the reason for this warning, it is important to note that China is primarily planning to install its own satellites for broadband needs.
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To provide global Internet access, China has launched a similar program called Xing Wang – StarNet. So far there are only a few hundred satellites in the Starnet system. However, China is pushing to build a stronger structure along with other satellites.