Satellite attack: The mounting arms race in space

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Last year a US gen-eral made an ominous revelation: two Russian satellites in orbit were stalking a US spy satellite high above the earth.

It wasn’t clear if the Cosmos satellites could attack USA-245, an American surveil-lance spacecraft.

“It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space,” said General Jay Ray-mond, head of the Pentagon’s Space Command.

The incident passed, but it marked a new stage in the mounting arms race in space, where potentially bomb-armed satellites, laser-shooting space-craft and other technologies have moved from science fiction to re-ality.

The stakes were made clear Monday when Russia launched a missile from Earth and blasted to pieces one of its satellites in a show of force.—APP

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