One problem, expert says, is that China and Musk both see space as a strategic domain—but the US doesn’t
As Americans try out the newest Starlink dishes on their recreational vehicles, a space expert says Elon Musk’s Starlink makes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “nervous,” as the SpaceX satellite internet business is the “only” player in the field now when it comes to the United States’ strategic space race with China.
“It is important to understand that Elon Musk’s SpaceX company is the only thing keeping the U.S. in the space race with China,” Brandon Weichert, space expert and author of “Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower,” told The Epoch Times in an interview in late May.
Weichert said Starlink, now “possibly a vital component of war-making,” is making America’s rivals “nervous,” even as Musk is under a two-fold “attack” by the White House and the military establishment.
Starlink, a satellite internet constellation operated by Musk’s spacecraft company SpaceX, currently consists of over 2,400 satellites that orbit the earth at an altitude more than 60 times lower than the satellites that carry most of the world’s internet today.
CCP Is ‘Nervous’
The reason U.S. adversaries are nervous about Starlink, according to Weichert, is that the satellite system is resistant to mass-scale attacks U.S. adversaries are currently capable of and thus makes “destroying” America’s space infrastructure much more difficult than before.
“Starlink is a great example of a private-sector profit motive providing a key example of how the military’s vital-yet-vulnerable satellite constellations can be protected,” Weichert said.
“The strength of Starlink is its redundancy. So basically, we saw last summer, a solar flare knocked out something like 20—or maybe it was even 40—Starlink satellites, and Musk didn’t even bat an eye. Within a day,…