ROSCOSMOS’ ROGOZIN: SPACE X SATELLITES AND SPACE PIRACY
B.W. spotted this story about Russia's Roscosmos head Dmitri Rogozin's warning that SpaceX's and Elon Musk's plan to launch 30,000 - yes, that's right, thirty thousand - starlink satellites may be about more than just improving internet connectivity:
There's much more concerning Mr. Rogozin and Russia than just an American company's dominance of the space-based internet, and the monopoly choke hold on information that it would bring. Already we've seen warnings from various space-powers that they are concerned with the issue of space piracy and the outright theft of space assets. Indeed, the term piracy carries with it certain connotations; pirates operated entirely outside of the law, and in a private capacity; they represented no one but themselves. Thus, behind the concern for "space piracy" what is really being said is that the space powers are concerned about non-state actors gaining a base of power in space.
With that in mind, consider the following from the article:
SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites may be used to change the trajectories of cruise missiles in mid-flight, or assist special forces and spy networks, Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin has warned.Speaking to Russia’s Channel One, Rogozin, who has had a long-running, meme-fuelled, mostly good-natured feud with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, indicated the US government has provided SpaceX about $900 million dollars for Starlink, with total subsidies in the next budget expected to reach about $20 billion.“The question arises: Why does the US government need this? Because this kind of spacecraft does not only distribute internet, but can become a tool for controlling cruise missiles, recalibrating their flight tasks mid-flight, controlling special forces, or an agent network,” he indicated. (Boldface emphasis added)
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