How Russia would use space nukes to cripple the US and the world | Space

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What does the future of warfare look like? America got a glimpse way back on July 9, 1962, when the United States fired a Douglas Thor missile well beyond the Kármán Line that marks the beginning of outer space.

Known as Starfish Prime, the 110,000-pound intercontinental ballistic missile carried a 1.4 megaton W-49 thermonuclear warhead that was detonated high over the Pacific Ocean.

That one bomb not only damaged Hawaiian electrical systems and equipment hundreds of miles away, it damaged or knocked out more than one-third of the world’s 24 orbiting satellites.

Today, six decades later, there are more than 5,500 known satellites orbiting the Earth. 3,500+ are American, 541+ Chinese and 172+ Russian.

And unlike then, these satellites are key to our modern society, carrying Internet signals, communications and global positioning systems.

Knocking out these satellites with a nuclear explosion would ground drones, cut off troops, even blind an entire nation to a first-strike attack.

That’s why Moscow’s likely plan to deploy space-based weapons is so terrifying.

It’s the Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century; a strategic move that changes the world.

Russia’s path to blinding America in space would come about in multiple if not interconnecting ways.

One would be the brute detonation of nuclear warheads in outer space using its vast array of ICBMs, including the Sarmat, Putin’s new super-heavy ICBM that can carry 10 or more nuclear warheads.

Another would be deployment of anti-satellite weapons, which, like nuclear weapons, would violate the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that Washington and Moscow signed.

Russian ASATs would take on a number of delivery forms, including aerial- and ground-based missiles and space-based lasers.

Regardless of which, the goal would remain the same: to turn off the eyes and ears of America.

The results could be devastating. Not only…

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