Outer Space: Terrorism Hub Or Security Haven?
AdvertisementUnlike the Earth, space is ever-changing. What we see during the day or on any given day changes rapidly, but what’s the exact significance when this happens?
For any country, this can be a potential threat. For instance, the US has been on a panic mode ever since the 9/11 terrorist attack. And when the
So in more ways than one, inflicting damage to
Tampering with ground segment and mission control centres can do more harm than self-launching into the orbit and shattering a
But there is another facet. The military operations of most countries now depend less on surveillance and more on the Global Positioning System (GPS). Even for a country like America, it would throw up a huge challenge if a terrorist outfit creates an effective jamming circuit for GPS, thus compromising its security forces.
Jamming the GPS will yield one certain result. If a country is to fight another via air route, a faulty GPS can show a highly compromised target, which in reality need not be the one that’s aimed for.
In fact, one of the most developed nations decided to destroy the orbiting satellites of its ‘enemy’ nation, which had managed to successfully toss a highly efficient satellite into the orbit. Several proposals were drawn up to clear off the orbiting satellite. But even before any such plan could be executed, an outer space treaty signed between a few nations, thwarted such a situation from arising, keeping the ‘space’ away from any act of hostility.
On the other hand,
We still wonder how space would be utilised in the near future – as a security heaven or a new terrorism hub. But one thing is certain. It won’t be long before space would find its space way too crowded with activities ranging from entertainment, science, security and more. After all, space is open for all.
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