War is changing here on planet earth, (and likely beyond), thanks to our exponential increases in high-technology, moving much of the fighting away from bullets and bombs on the battlefield and into other realms of conflict.
We’ve already witnessed a rather large increase in the amount of cyberwarfare that’s occurring on a near-daily basis, with groups such as Killnet attempting to take down some of the United States’ most powerful financial institutions.
But there are now fears that the immediate orbit of our planet could become the latest battlefield in a global war, and a recent move by China has US officials sounding the alarm.
The U.S. Space Force this week detected a Chinese reusable spaceplane releasing an object in orbit, officials revealed Friday.
China launched its experimental reusable rocket on Aug. 4 and kept it in orbit for 90 days. U.S. officials revealed that space tracking data identified a second object in a similar orbit to the Chinese craft — the nature of which remains unknown.Trending:
The U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Defense Squadron determined the object is likely in “very close” proximity to the Chinese craft at a distance of less than 200 meters, according to Orbital Focus. The object may have separated out in the week prior to its detection on Monday.
China hasn’t given any update on their mission since launch, further worrying some US officials.
China’s space technology advancement has concerned U.S. officials, with Gen. David Thompson of the Space Force saying during last year’s Halifax International Security Forum that the “threats are really growing and expanding every single day.”
“It’s really an evolution of activity that’s been happening for a long time,” Thompson said. “We’re really at a point now where there’s a whole host of ways that our space systems can be threatened.”
China, Russia, and the US are all vying for space superiority at the moment, with all three nations currently developing and testing hypersonic projectiles capable of traversing through low-space at unstoppable speeds.