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A Test of China's True Intentions in Space

Jul 6, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
A Test of China's True Intentions in Space
A space debris collection system recently launched by China could help reduce the some 500,000 pieces of orbital junk around Earth. It could also conceivably double as an anti-satellite weapon.
(ESA)

China's recent launch test highlights the dual nature of most space technologies. Like the United States and Russia, China recognizes the importance of space to modern military warfare. In the nearly 10 years since it conducted its first successful anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) test, Beijing's interest in cultivating an array of ASAT capabilities has been well known. Now, some observers speculate that the Roaming Dragon may be another step in that direction....

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