By William L. Spacey II
The U.S. Air strength is expounded to be evolving into an Air and house strength on its solution to turning into an area and Air strength. a part of this transition contains the potential of deploying guns in house. whereas a lot has been written concerning the desire for guns in area, or conversely the necessity to continue house as a sanctuary, little has been released approximately what space-based guns can and can't convey to the battlefield.
A choice to place guns in area, or to chorus from doing so, will be in accordance with an organization starting place of information approximately what the guns might be anticipated to do. a variety of strategies were encouraged as normal evolutions of floor and airborne guns; it really is severe to envision how those orbital guns evaluate with their terrestrial opposite numbers. This essay evaluates the theoretical services of orbital guns and compares them to guns already in lifestyles and ideas proposed for development.
The target of this essay is to supply perception into the place destiny investments can be made if the USA is to guard its more and more very important space-based resources, and keep its place as an international chief capable of undertaking army energy anyplace invaluable.
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The HEL may at first appear to be an excellent candidate for the job of bodyguard. Unfortunately, designing a laser for bodyguard work presents more problems than using lasers as ASAT or BMD weapons. Since the orbits of potential targets are well known before an ASAT is even launched and for BMD a network of sensors need only focus on the earth and detect very bright and relatively slow-moving targets, these missions are somewhat easier. 74 In contrast, bodyguards must be effec tive against ASATs that may be either moderately easy to see and very fast moving (relative velocities of 20+ km/s) in the case of KE ASATs, or very slow moving and very difficult to detect, for space mines.
While it may eventually be possible to construct inflatable structures for antennas that are 100 meters in diameter, 43 larger antennas are envisioned to use a “virtual” structure where hundreds or thousands of microsatellites would be arranged in a very precise formation and operate in concert. The difficulty lies in the fact that each 21 CADRE PAPER of them must maintain position relative to the others. Con stantly changing position precisely enough to create a “virtual” structure will require large amounts of maneuvering propellant and is unlikely to be feasible within the foreseeable future.
Giving an orbital laser the ability to detect and track aircraft would require yet another set of sensors and addi tional software to overcome these problems. Changes such as these would add cost and complexity to an already expensive weapon. Similar to giving BMD lasers an ASAT capability, the addi tion of a counterair capability would further complicate the decision of which targets to attack. Fuel limitations would mean that every aircraft engaged would be one less ballistic missile (or satellite) that could be shot down.
Does the United States need space-based weapons? (CADRE paper) by William L. Spacey II