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Old 06-14-2017, 09:53 PM
 
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I can see a day when certain groups or cultures may choose to colonize other planets as life becomes more difficult to sustain on earth and these cultures colonize other worlds to sell and trade their resources. Human greed will always exist so war between different colonies or multi-world corporations over control of resources and pockets of space could happen but that's hundreds of years from now.
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:14 PM
 
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Sure, an F-15 shot down a satellite. The SR-71 flew in the upper atmosphere I am sure they went into space at some point.

If we are doing it I am sure others did or are trying. Russia keeps that stuff top secret.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:07 PM
 
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...The SR-71 flew in the upper atmosphere I am sure they went into space at some point...
The SR-71 ceiling is around 100,000 ft (Stratosphere), and it certainly never made it into "space" (264,000 ft).
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:18 PM
 
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Back in the darkest days of the Cold War. some attention was devoted to something called a Fixed Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS); this was envisioned as a system of satellites, presumably in stationary orbit, which could rain destruction on targets below in a fraction of the time required for the ICBMs of the day. If memory serves me correctly, it was the Soviets who showed most of the interest; but I don't recall much attention being brought to the technology after the detente era of the early 1970's.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:29 PM
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Ever? Everything is possible. Some big, rich, imperialistic country might start one...
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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Outer Space Treaty: no weapon of mass destruction in space.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty
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Old 07-14-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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Back in the darkest days of the Cold War. some attention was devoted to something called a Fixed Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS); this was envisioned as a system of satellites, presumably in stationary orbit, which could rain destruction on targets below in a fraction of the time required for the ICBMs of the day. If memory serves me correctly, it was the Soviets who showed most of the interest; but I don't recall much attention being brought to the technology after the detente era of the early 1970's.
Yes. the Soviets did show the most interest in FOBS - because it was a Soviet program.

The problems with such a system are manifest.

*An ICBM from the USSR could most of the world (save antipodean regions) within 30 minutes, including all of Europe and North America. SLBMs could do the same in an even shorter amount of time. Orbiting warheads could hit targets faster, but not at any time desired by Soviet commanders. They would have to wait until they were approaching North America to begin their de-orbital burn. This would severely compromise their retaliatory utility, which history has demonstrated is the primary function of nuclear weapons.

*Also, their orbital track would limit targeting, as for example it might bring only a third of CONUS into range on a given orbit.

*Servicing weapons - and despite silly sci-fi where a lost nuke is found in workable conditions decades or centuries later, nuclear weapons must be constantly maintained - in space would be hideously expensive and in the end unworkable.
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:00 AM
 
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I'm not sure how exactly a space war would play out.

Misconceptions - Atomic Rockets

This article goes into depth over the misconceptions about space travel and all associations. Granted, it targets mostly sci fi authors/readers, but it does a pretty good job of explaining why many aspects are either illogical or impossible regarding space.
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