Because Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite Internet network, has become a military communication tool, Chinese scientists are offering various solutions to monitor it, hack it or outright destroy it. The “hard” method with missiles does not seem to be favored because it is expensive and dangerous.
Troublemaker of new technologies with Tesla,Neuralink and maybe soon , has been at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine for three months. From the start of the Russian aggression, the billionaire decided to help Ukraine by making his of satellites for the provision of Internet connection. A choice that puts, in his words, and this Monday, we learn that it is also in the sights of China.
According toChinese scientists are currently working on “methods of destroying” satellites . The reason ? The US military relies on this constellation of satellites to dramatically increase the transmission of data, in particular for fighter planes and of combat and could in the future use it to follow such as those available to Russia and China.
The “hard” method or the “soft” method?
A technological asset that China is worried about since Musk has now placed more than 2,000 satellites inbass, and that he plans to send twenty times more! This report advocates “low-cost” but “high-return” ways to decommission this network. According to these researchers, Starlink represents “enormous potential for military” and China must develop countermeasures to monitor, disable or even destroy this constellation.
According to South China Morning Postit is unlikely that China will use the “hard” method withto destroy them, both because it is very expensive, but also because the debris caused by this destruction could represent a huge danger in space. We would therefore rather orient ourselves towards the “soft” method with rays or jamming systems.
What if China created its own constellation
In their report, the scientists thus mention the use of radio jammers – which can disrupt communications or downright fry electronic components – or lasers whose. China is already capable of disabling satellites, but individually. There, it is a constellation, and it is obviously more complicated. This study already warns that decommissioning a few satellites will not be enough to bring down Starlink because it is “a decentralized system”.
In the end, one of the recommended solutions would be to respond to Starlink by creating a similar network of small satellites, both to monitor Elon Musk’s constellation but also to be able to quickly hack or disable a large part of the network.just getting started…