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France is threatening to stick submachine guns on its next generation of satellites as part of an "active space defense" strategy that would enable it to shoot down other space hardware.
That demented idea is part of a broader review of the country's approach to space that has absolutely nothing to do with President Donald Trump's pet "space force" project. It's not just machine guns either, France wants to stick lasers on its satellites and the orbital death machines could be circling the planet as soon as 2023, although 2030 is the planned complete date.
Satellite - Plan - Defense - Minister - Florence
The gun-touting satellite plan was outlined by defense minister Florence Parly late last week at the Lyon-Mont-Verdun airbase and French press reportshave given more details.
Parly talked about efforts by the Russia to spy on French satellites and noted that "eight other satellites from different countries have been spied on, scrambled or blinded." The threat was increasing and, she argued, France's "independence is at stake."
News - Magazine - Le - Point - Weapons
According to weekly news magazine Le Point, the weapons will be used to destroy solar panels or otherwise incapacitate an "enemy satellite." Under an international space treaty signed back in the 60s, there is a ban on most weapons in space, while allowing astronauts to carry sidearms like the Russian TP-82 survival pistol for survival if reentry went off course and cosmonauts ended up in tiger-infested taiga.
With more and more attention being paid to space and with advances in technology, the once unthinkable idea of putting weapons in orbit is becoming a political possibility. Back in 2008, sane policymakers passed a law that prohibited shooting down a satellite, even in self-defense.
Start - France - Addition - Weapons - Space
But at the start of 2019, France formally started considering the addition of weapons in space – something that reflects growing international tensions between advanced nations. China and Russia and the US have become...
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