Theoretical Space Weaponry
By Garik Tate

Although so far space weaponry is mostly reserved to dumping payloads from space and sending missiles into orbit to take out satellites. But lets face it that isn't as cool as it should be. When you think of space war you think of lasers and boarding actions between giant space ships and to put it simply that's how it should be and luckily there a lot of scientists out there who agree with us. Thus far very little of this technology is anything but theoretical but that doesn't make it any less cool.

First lets talk a little bit about more realistic space warfare and the history of space warfare. Originally space warfare was going to be nothing more than an extension of nuclear warfare. Basically we were going to nuke each other from space which would make it harder to detect and intercept. However in 1967 the Outer Space Treaty was made and signed by the majority of the world. One of the things that was outlawed by the Outer Space Treaty was storing testing or using nuclear weaponry in space. During the cold war a lot technology was thought up and a lot of it was tested. A lot of the technology included rail guns and lasers which were mostly though up to shoot down incoming missiles.

Today the most cutting edge technology that is currently being tested and developed are small satellites called Micro-sats as a Micro-sat is about the size of a refrigerator and Pico-sats. A Pico-sat is even smaller being only a little bit bigger then a cubic foot. These mini satellites are designed to maneuver and interact with other orbiting machines to repair hijack sabotage or sometimes just collide with.

A theoretical style of space warfare is kinetic bombardment. This form of weaponry takes the most advanced technology available to mankind and bends it to one of the most crude and primitive styles of ancient warfare used in the dark ages. Basically kinetic bombardment is where you take a rock and drop it from orbit sounds simple? Well it is there's not much more to it then that except for how we can make the rock survive re-entry. Then if the rock survives re-entry it could be extremely effective. It would basically become a meteorite.

Then of course there are the directed energy weapons. Most likely when you think of futuristic weapons you are thinking of this. This category includes weapons that use plasma microwave radiation and of course lasers. Energy based weapons are more effective in a vacuum environment. We are just now starting to use laser technology in war but the most developed weapon in the field of energy based weaponry is a particle beam. This is where you take bunch of neutral particles and fire them in a stream against an enemy or target at incredibly high speeds.






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