America’s international adversaries know they have a window until at least January 2025 to run unimpeded across the globe and in space before they are challenged by the United States. If the American public continues their voting patterns, nations like Iran, Russia, and China will have until January 2029.
Thus at least for three years plus, it is open season on the United States and the Free World on the ground, on the seas, in the air, and above the planet. As such, the Chinese are making the most of it.
The Chicoms are preparing a space station that can be armed and used for civilian and military purposes. US Space Force officials, much like the Sputnik scare of the 50s, have openly wondered if the space station could be used for an anti-ballistic missile system or for a space-based nuclear weapons launch system. Could the Chinese be trying to develop the famed Reagan Star Wars defense shield almost 40 years after it was proposed?
If so, they know the Biden administration, either out of treachery, compromise, or geopolitical cowardice, will not oppose the effort. A recent launch, though unsuccessful, advanced the Chinese program. Further launches will continue to threaten American national security.
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FNC: “The remnants of China’s rogue Long March 5B rocket reportedly landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday — late Saturday night Eastern U.S. time — after its uncontrolled descent was tracked around the world over the past week. Reuters reported the landing, citing information from the Chinese government. In addition, U.S. Space Command retweeted a post by Space-Track.org, indicating the rocket debris had landed.
“All other space-capable countries tightly control their first-stage rockets, and they either safely splash down into the ocean before entering orbit or – in the case of SpaceX – return to the surface in a controlled descent for reuse. Almost exactly a year ago, another Long March 5B rocket stage reentered the atmosphere, narrowly missing New York City before slamming into a West African village. No one was hurt, but China plans to launch many more of the rockets as it assembles its new Tianhe space station, and each mission carries risk until authorities there enhance their safety measures.”
Dr. Jonathan McDowell, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, press on Friday, “Since we don’t know WHEN, we don’t know where,” he said in an email. “If you’re an hour out in WHEN, you’re 18,000 miles wrong in WHERE.”
Everyone else following the #LongMarch5B re-entry can relax. The rocket is down. You can see all relevant information and updates here on Twitter/Facebook, so there is no need to keep visiting the space-track dot org website.
— Space-Track (@SpaceTrackOrg) May 9, 2021
The 23-ton rocket core, which is 100 feet long and 15 feet wide, was orbiting the Earth at 18,000 mph, before building friction upon reentry to the atmosphere. Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, had said that ‘the likelihood of damage to aviation or ground facilities’ was ‘extremely low.’ NASA experts indicated China’s launch practices were ‘irresponsible’ at best. That, was an understatement.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on May 10, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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