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There have been plenty of lips flapping over on the liberal left in regard to President Trump’s “Space Force”, but the creation of such a unit may be more timely than previously thought.

The American military is likely the mightiest fighting force that has ever existed on this planet, with the Russians lagging just behind the Yanks, at least in terms of technological development.  To put it bluntly, if both nations were to push the button, life on this planet could very well cease to exist.

So the space force isn’t so much about protecting us from extraterrestrial threats, as some left-leaning smart-alecks have snidely suggested, but, rather, to keep us safe from the extraterrestrial encroachment of the Kremlin.

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The reason?  Laser cannons.

A Kremlin-backed company is working on technology which they say will allow them to essentially vaporise defunct satellites and remove them from the Earth’s orbit.

Researchers at the Scientific and Industrial Corporation ‘Precision Instrument Systems’ (NPK SPP), a subsidiary of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, have drafted a proposal and submitted to the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The proposal details how the company plans to create “an optic detection system which includes a solid-state laser and a transmit/receive adaptive optical system.”

The process of wiping out space debris will rely on something known as “laser ablation”, which will see it use heat energy to slowly evaporate objects.

Of course, there are concerns.

…The US believes that the laser will not just be used to destroy space junk and that the cannon and detection system will be used to destroy and spy on international satellites.

Yleem Poblete, US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, told the United Nation’s Conference on Disarmament in Geneva – which has been meeting to discuss a new treaty to prevent an arms race in outer space – that the US has deep concern over Russia’s plans.

So, how about that Space Force now?

 

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