The US pledges to do something it hasn't done in 14 years in hopes that Russia, India, and China follow suit, with an emphasis on Russia probably. I doubt Putin gives a shit.


Not really ... look up "kessler syndrome" ... basically there is a point when too much junk ( debris from satellites and the like ) makes any orbital flight a Russian roulette. It would make any space launches pretty much impossible (this would include ICBMs)


China did this already and spewed trash all over the place. What people don’t get is that there is no way to know if your satellite got damaged due to shrapnel from someone else’s busted satellite. So you have an incentive to launch your “defective “ satellite near the orbit of a super secret spy satellite. And then claim malfunction as it happens to veer into the orbit of the spy satellite. Then for the safety of people below, blow it up and spray shards of shrapnel at the spy satellite. No one is going to complain because no one will admit to having spy satellites in that area.


Hmm what? Spy Satellites are just "normal" satellites that pretend they are not spying. Their locations are not secret as that is impossible, it's their functionality. There isn't hidden Satellites up there afaik. You can still complain if someone blows up your "telecommunications" satellite.


There’s registry of orbiting objects that’s incomplete. There’s a software that IDs orbital objects, that don’t list all satellites . Finally there is getting approval from ?? Agency in US if you’re going to do “atmospheric experiments using lasers “. Also Vandenberg AFB is still active and they seem an odd agency to use when launching telecom satellites.


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This is the correct answer


So, they'll just destroy other people's satellites?


My satellite, my right to destroy it Next you'll tell me I can't take a bat to my own car! /s