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Debris from Russian anti-sat test just misses Chinese satellite

A Chinese satellite was almost destroyed on January 18th when a piece of debris from Russia’s November 15th anti-satellite test zipped past at a distance of less than a few hundred yards.

Expect more such events in the coming years.

This quote from the article I found somewhat ironic:

In an article from Beijing tabloid Global Times Jan. 20, cited experts stated that further close encounters cannot be ruled out. “Currently, they keep a safe distance but the chance for these two getting close in the future cannot be excluded,” said space debris expert Liu Jing.

Aerospace commentator Huang Zhicheng, told the publication that the growing issue of space debris should be addressed, including through international legal mechanisms. “It is not only necessary to conduct research on experimental devices or spacecraft to remove space debris, but also to formulate corresponding international laws and regulations on the generation of space debris under the framework of the UN,” Huang said. [emphasis mine]

Since anything published in the Chinese press must be approved by the Chinese government, this statement is essentially what the Chinese government wants said. For China however to demand other nations obey international law and not create more space junk that threatens others is hilarious, considering that China this year will likely launch two rockets whose core stages will crash to Earth uncontrolled, in direct violation of the Outer Space Treaty that China is a signatory to.

Since China doesn’t obey the treaties it signs, why should it expect others to do the same?

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  • Phill O

    Sounds all too familiar!

  • Concerned

    Since China doesn’t obey the treaties it signs, why should it expect others to do the same?
    In a word—-lawfare

  • “Since China doesn’t obey the treaties it signs, why should it expect others to do the same?”

    Substitute ‘Government’ and ‘Laws’, and you have a succinct view of the US today.

  • A 2/100th of 1% chance of collision? Forgive me if I don’t panic.

    The same holds true when the media breathlessly describes an asteroid near miss of Earth when it misses by several Earth-Moon distances.

  • Star Bird

    Who is China spying on now with their Spy Satttilite secrets they stole from us under Obama?

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