Military Satellite Wars?

fmdog44

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The question posed to three scientists on a half hour discussion was will future satellites be used for military purposes? It was not concluded as to one way or another. But when we see groups of satellites (40-50) being put in to orbit with a single launch how will it be monitored and by who? Isn't it a horrible thought to know there could be untold number of weapons pointed at the Earth in addition to hundreds of nuclear warheads ready to fly from bases on Earth?
 

Aunt Marg

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I honestly don't give it any thought.

Now, if I were in my teens or 20's, with a full lifetime ahead of me, well things would be different, but this late in the game, it just doesn't matter to me.
 

fmdog44

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Aunt Marg you may be assuming they are not already up there. Remember President Reagan addressed this back when he was in office.
 

Aunt Marg

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Aunt Marg you may be assuming they are not already up there. Remember President Reagan addressed this back when he was in office.
Not at all, FM, I do know they're up there, but I've never really been one to overthink stuff like that, not saying that's a good thing on my part, but I'm one of those types who's brain never shuts down at the best of times, so I try and restrict revving it up further whenever I can.

I wasn't aware of Reagan, addressing it until you mentioned it, so I just had a little read about it. Have to say I'm surprised the military satellite program was already underway as far back as the 1950's. Now that shocked me.
 

FastTrax

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Not at all, FM, I do know they're up there, but I've never really been one to overthink stuff like that, not saying that's a good thing on my part, but I'm one of those types who's brain never shuts down at the best of times, so I try and restrict revving it up further whenever I can.

I wasn't aware of Reagan, addressing it until you mentioned it, so I just had a little read about it. Have to say I'm surprised the military satellite program was already underway as far back as the 1950's. Now that shocked me.

WOW!!!! JUST WOW!!!! Auntie M. You're hired.

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www.nytimes.com/1986/10/28/science/star-wars-traced-to-eisenhower-era.html
 
All we need is the ability to fire lasers from satellites at targets on earth. There won't be the need to drop bombs from drones. We'll be able to just zap people we don't like! Or we could zap other satellites. We could have satellite wars! Or we could zap criminals instead of going through all the trouble of arresting and trying them. Think of all the money we could save!

It kind of makes me glad to be old. The future doesn't bode well for young people today.

Maybe it's time to invest in satellite lasers. I missed out on the taser stock market rally.
 

FastTrax

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All we need is the ability to fire lasers from satellites at targets on earth. There won't be the need to drop bombs from drones. We'll be able to just zap people we don't like! Or we could zap other satellites. We could have satellite wars! Or we could zap criminals instead of going through all the trouble of arresting and trying them. Think of all the money we could save!

It kind of makes me glad to be old. The future doesn't bode well for young people today.

Maybe it's time to invest in satellite lasers. I missed out on the taser stock market rally.

Probably easier to take out the enemies satellites but that would only be successful if you're going to preempt them or if they preempt us we could only hope that our defense/offense platforms could weed out every decoy then destroy every MIRV within 30 minutes to retaliate effectively. Less if they have their boomers off our East and West coast launching depressed trajectory SLBM's. Then the whole shebang would be purely academic with a 5 to 8 minute flight time. Now if RadishRose takes exception to my warhawking you gotta back my play.
 
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Satellites have been weapons of war for a long time. They provide pinpoint reconnaissance and identification of potential targets. They spot suspicious activity (troop movements, etc.)

Lasers from satellites, etc.? Yeah, maybe, but the most important weapon of the future will continue to be a grunt with a rifle in his (or her) hands.
 


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