Roscosmos Is Building a New Giant Laser Cannon That Can Blow Up Satellites in Space
Recycling and reusing materials to make something new is a good thing, but there are exceptions to every rule. If reports streaming out of Russian state-linked news media are to be believed, Russian space agency Roscomos is repurposing a very large telescope and building it into something deadly: A powerful laser cannon that can blow up objects such as satellites in space.
There are conflicting reports as to what the cannon will be used for—and not all of them are positive. After all, Russia has been talking about training for war in space for years now, so just what this laser cannon will actually be used for is anyone's guess.
According to Russian news agency RT, which broke the story, researchers as Roscomos' Scientific and Industrial Corporation "Precision Instrument Systems" (NPK SPP) announced a plan to create the cannon earlier this week.
A source told Sputnik News that the "massive soon-to-be-built telescope at the Altay Optical-Laser Center" will be converted into cannon powered by a solid-state generator.
Using laser ablation, the device's stated purpose is to shoot down the over 500,000 pieces of space debris that is currently floating around the planet.
Other countries including Canada and China have echoed the importance of destroying the debris.
Back in March, Russian scientists were also reportedly working to develop lasers that could destroy asteroids, but prior reports show that Russia's interest in lasers also extends to its military operations.
CNN and other reputable sources reported that both Russia and China were working on tech to target US satellites.
"They've been building weapons, testing weapons, building weapons to operate from the earth in space, jamming weapons, laser weapons, and they have not kept it secret," said Gen. John Hyten back in 2017.
That may explain why some are speculating that the newly announced laser cannon is more than just a tool for cleaning up the junk in Earth's backyard.
US Air Force Chief Of Staff General David Goldfein has said that he believes that the United States will be "fighting from space in a matter of years," and he is not the only one who thinks so.
Whether or not the future laser cannon at the Altay Optical-Laser Center will be a part of that star war is something we will have to wait and see.