LinuxCon: Dragons and penguins in space
Posted Sep 23, 2012 17:38 UTC (Sun) by khim
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what means have any countries shown that would prevent satellites from being destroyed?
Nothing—a that's my point.
I think you've lost context. Let me remind you what I've already said: All the worthwhile targets (machines and humans, most importantly troops) are on the ground. This is what defines what is offense and what is defense.
This is similar to air fights: a fighter aircraft may be air-to-air aggressor, but it's very much part of the defense system, not part of the offense system. Because it's useless if you don't have an air-to-surface aggressor (or surface-to-surface aggressor with on-air helper).
Similarly in space: the ability to find and destroy satellite is part of defense system because satellite on it's own it's not a worthwhile goal. It only becomes worthwhile goal if someone else uses it to attack your troops! Heck, the most famous space war program was called Strategic Defense Initiative for this very reason!
I've heard of means to destroy satellites, but not ways to prevent their destruction by another space-capable nation.
Bingo! And that means exactly what I've said: space offence is hard, space defense is [relatively] easy.
Monitoring is not defence, it may be the first part of a defence, but in and of itself it's not defence.
Right. The second part of the defense is the ability to destroy satellites (including the ones who employ ion drives to move rocks around). Also a known technology
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