After the Chinese antisatellite missile
test in 2007 and Russia's successful flight test of an antisatellite missile
in May 2016, space no longer remains an uncontested mission area for any spacefaring nation.
Early in the movie Gravity, a Russian antisatellite missile test unleashes a cloud of debris that shreds the International Space Station.
In 2007, China tested an antisatellite missile by blowing up its own 1-ton Fengyun-1C weather satellite.
Request to Allies for New Demarche"; and Ghulam Murtaza Khoso, "Chinese AntiSatellite Missile
Test," Area Study Center-Far East and South East Asia, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan, July 2007, http://www.
NEW YORK - American intelligence agencies had issued reports about the preparations being made by China to conduct an antisatellite missile
test but ultimately decided to say nothing to Beijing until after the test, the New York Times reported Monday.
In return for a moratorium on antisatellite missile
testing, liberals sanctioned a defense budget authority for fiscal 1986 that is higher than the $302.
Air Force antisatellite missile
in a test of the ASAT program.
For example, China conducted successful antisatellite missile
tests in 2007 and 2014.
Both the United States and Soviet Union developed a range of antisatellite missiles
during the Cold War.
The OTA warned that Soviet nuclear antisatellite missiles
could pose a significant threat to the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), especially if the system came under attack before it was fully operational.
, however, are far from the only threat to the US military's use of space.