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Are We on the Brink of a Space Cold War?

In recent years there has been an increased effort to weaponize space by a multitude of nations. Including a space race back to the moon for exploration and mining of helium-3 to gain an energy economical advantage back on earth.

They say space is the final frontier, and that is an understatement ….in 2019.

In 2013, China debuted what its leader called the “China Dream” which is a multifaceted plan to

increase China’s world power. This includes space exploration and domination of space technology.

Since that time we have seen an increased pace of a few nations to explore space. This includes NASA,

ESA, China, Russia, India. Japan and even private companies like SpaceX and Roscosmos.

Space technology has rapidly increased and to what end?

Mining the moon for valuable resources such as Helium 3 seem to be among the biggest prospects for a space economy. Helium 3 can be used to make nuclear power on earth more efficient, cleaner and safer in providing power and possibly to make ‘super nuclear weapons’.

There is even the possibility of the Moon being weaponized itself of sorts, like a Death Star.

While weaponizing space itself to shoot down satellites is no longer a fantasy, and is actually a big concern of the Pentagon.

China and Russia are years ahead of the United States in space.

President Obama in 2008 said “I will not weaponize space.” China and Russia proposed a global ban on space-based arms at the time.

…but Within the next few years now, Moscow and Beijing could possess “destructive” weapons for use in a potential space conflict, U.S intelligence agencies warned in a 2018 report.

The two United Nations Security Council members are pursuing “anti-satellite weapons as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness,” the report said, reflecting input from organizations

including the FBI, the CIA, and the National Security Agency.

Anti-satellite weapons, which include ballistic missiles, are designed to damage space-based systems.

They are a major element of what is known as counterspace technology, or hardware and software that aim to hinder adversaries in outer space.

President Trump has announced the creation of a space force for the united states to anticipate and protect America and their allies interests, in space.

China has recently landed a rover on the far side of the moon to collect soil and rock samples, to survey a site for a near future lunar base to start construction in 2020. Collecting helium 3 for an energy economical edge back on earth.

Russia and China have recently been working together on high altitude atmospheric experiments with radio waves and ozone thinning over Siberia.

Could we just be years away from a real Space War? A space cold war…..Could World War 3 be fought in Space?

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