The U.S. army is looking to develop and test more weapons can blast into space to shoot at targets on the surface of the earth.
According to the Defence, the first plan on the agenda is a space laser that can be used to blow up enemy missiles “comes from the launch pad”.
A study to see if this is feasible, should be complete within six months, but only $15 million (£11m) of the total budget.
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Much of the rest of the money goes to a project for the development of the space-based “particle beam” weapons.
While the lasers fire high-energy light targets, particle beam weapons would accelerate a stream of subatomic particles to high speeds and direct them at the target.
While each particle has only a small mass, enough of them quickly enough, could give a serious amount of energy in a very short time.
The U.S. for the first time tested particle beam weapons in the late 1980s to some success, but the designs for a functional weapon were large, with a number of allegedly more than 70 metres long.
“We believe that we can get to a package that we can put as part of a payload to be placed on a job,” according to a senior U.S. military official, quoted by the Defense.
The idea is that such weapons can be used to make missiles very shortly after the launch, when they are blasting off their launch pads in the atmosphere.
The current plan is for such weapons to be ready for testing in 2023.
Some worry that if the U.S. developed and deployed this kind of weapons it would push the likes of Russia and China in the development of both missiles that would be against the technology and weapons to take of the satellite weapons.
The development of these new weapons will result in the significant increase of the threat to U.S. assets in space,” said Kingston Reif of the Arms Control Association.
No country currently has an official space-based weapons, but a lot of his theory.
China has upgraded the space technology recently with the U.S. analysts suggest that they already have laser-based weapons capable of crippling American defenses.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.