US Space Force Detects Mystery Object in Orbit Near China’s Satellite – Insider Paper

According to an initial report from SpaceNews, the US Space Force has detected a mysterious object orbiting in parallel with China’s new Shijian-21 spacecraft.

The ‘Shijian-21’ spacecraft was launched last month to investigate ways to clean up space debris in Earth’s orbit.

The object is considered by some to be a rocket body, more specifically an apogee propulsion engine (AKM), a rocket engine that is regularly used in artificial satellites destined for a geostationary orbit.

The spacecraft is currently in geostationary orbit near Shijian-21. This is unusual because AKMs are designed to avoid colliding with nearby satellites.

Observers are perplexed by the strange behavior of the suspect AKM. For starters, it could be a completely foreign object. Because the Chinese government keeps all its space activities secret, we may never know the object’s true origin and purpose.

While countries claim their new technology aims to clean up space debris, equipping satellites with the ability to shoot down other countries’ satellites is a powerful capability, as space becomes the last place for countries to exercise their power. power, called “space wars.” “

As usual, the United States, Russia and China are at the forefront of this conflict. Warning signs of impending difficulties are already visible. For example, Breaking Defense reported last week that a Chinese satellite was tracking a US satellite and adjusting its orbit to keep up.

The Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology created the Shijian-21 (SAST) spacecraft. At the Zhuhai Airshow in September, SAST unveiled a concept for a “supplementary service spacecraft.”

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