Anti-satellite weapons and the risk of space war

Sweden may be the first in the EU with a launch site for satellites at the Esrange space base outside Kiruna. According to Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén, the Armed Forces is investigating the possibility of its own military satellites.

– I can see in front of me the use of smaller satellites that are used for a shorter time for a limited purpose, he says.

But new capacity also makes Sweden more vulnerable.

Anti-satellite weapons and space threats

After the Cold War space armament, a few decades of calm followed. In recent years, something has happened, says Sandra Lindström, research leader for defense and security-related space issues at the Swedish Defense Research Agency, FOI.

-Nowadays, space is considered an arena where you can and will need to be able to wage war. It’s like the big change that has taken place.

Participants: Sweden’s Commander-in-Chief Micael Bydén, Mats Helgesson, former Air Force chief who now leads the space network at the Academy of Military Sciences, Sandra Lindström, research leader for defense and security-related space issues at FOI, the Swedish Defense Research Agency, Peter Sturesson, major, doctor of microsystem technology, and head of research at the Air Force.

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Bo Torbjörn Ek, host

Ulrika Bergqvist, Reporter

Carl-Johan Ulvenäs, producer

Publisher: Nils Eklund

Techniques: Mats Jonsson

Audio from: NBC, Swedish Radio, US Department of State, UN Audiovisual Library

Source: ICELAND NEWS


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