Ukraine And Space

It is the weekend and the Ukraine situation is hot and chaotic….and could this extend to space?

Well according to the Space Force, our newest branch of the military, the situation could readh to space…..

Top U.S. space officials this week said it’s likely Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will extend to space, predicting continued GPS jamming and spoofing and urging military and commercial space operators to be prepared for possible cyber attacks.

“Ensure that your systems are secure and that you’re watching them very closely because we know that the Russians are effective cyber actors,” National Reconnaissance Office Director Chris Scolese said Feb. 23 during a National Security Space Association conference in Chantilly, Va. “It’s hard to say how far their reach is going to go in order to achieve their objectives, but it’s better to be prepared than surprised.”

Reports from the Secure World Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies document Russia’s use of non-kinetic disruptive space capabilities in Ukraine in recent years, including spoofing and jamming as well as cyber attacks.

“Russia places a high priority on integrating electronic warfare into military operations and has been investing heavily in modernizing this capability,” the Secure World Foundation said in its 2021 Global Counterspace Capabilities report. “Russia has a multitude of systems that can jam GPS receivers within a local area, potentially interfering with the guidance systems of unmanned aerial vehicles, guided missiles and precision guided munitions, but has no known capability to interfere with GPS satellites themselves using radio frequency interference.”

Sounds to me like the Space Force is afraid they may miss out on any emergency funds to deal with the Ukraine conflict.

Not to be outdone Russia has threatened if the sanctions are implemented….the action could be to allow the space station crash into the US……

On Thursday, amid new announcements of sanctions on the Russian economy by the United States and NATO in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine, Dimitry Rogozin, the chief of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, made an eyebrow-raising threat: that if the sanctions continue, Russia could stop maintaining the orbit of the International Space Station and allow it to crash into the United States.

“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the United States or Europe?” tweeted Rogozin in Russian. “There is also the option of dropping a 500-ton structure on India or China. Do you want to threaten them with such a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia, so all the risks are yours. Are you ready for them?”

God I love this stuff!

Everybody wants to be part of the story…..and a piece of the money pie for this conflict.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


7 thoughts on “Ukraine And Space

  1. Given that everyone accuses Russia of being a world leader in technical disruption and cyber-warfare, I remain surprised that Ukraine still has the Internet functioning, satellite broadcasts going out to the world, working mobile phone signals, and full access to electricity and running water.
    Maybe we overestimated Russia’s capabilities all along?
    Best wishes, Pete.

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