UK to Guard Against Threat From China and Russia in Space

Article by Alexander Zhang                             July 27, 2020                           (theepochtimes.com)

• To counter threats from China and Russia, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace wrote in The Telegraph newspaper that the Ministry of Defense plans to pivot away from traditional defense and “operate much more in the newest domains of space, cyber, and sub-sea.”

• On July 15th, Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon in space using the same system that stalked a U.S. reconnaissance satellite earlier this year, according to the US Space Command. Said Wallace, “This week we have been reminded of the threat Russia poses to our national security with the provocative test of a weapon-like projectile from a satellite threatening the peaceful use of space.”

• “But Russia is not alone,” said Wallace. “China, too, is developing offensive space weapons and both nations are upgrading their capabilities.” China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing the power to blind, disorient, and even destroy the United States’ GPS system, U.S. experts told The Epoch Times news source

• “The weaponization of space is, unfortunately, well-advanced,” said US Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford. “Moscow and Beijing have already turned space into a war-fighting domain. Both are fielding new anti-satellite weapons in order to hold U.S. and allied space services at risk.”

• Wallace’s latest remarks appear to signal greater policy alignment between the two trans-Atlantic allies. “As traditional conflict shifts, and cyber and data become the battleground, we must outmaneuver our adversaries with a sharper technological edge and relentless focus on innovation,” said Wallace.

• In recent weeks, the UK government has targeted Russians with new sanctions, accusing Russian actors of cyber-attacks on vaccine research facilities and trying to meddle in last year’s election. Likewise, Britain has reversed its decision to allow the Chinese telecom firm Huawei to install Britain’s 5G network and reacted strongly to China’s imposition of a draconian national security law on Hong Kong, offering 3 million Hong Kong residents a path to British citizenship and suspending its extradition treaty with the former crown colony.

 

Britain is putting space at the heart of its defence in order to counter threats from China and Russia, according to UK Defence

     UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Secretary Ben Wallace.

As part of a foreign, security, and defence policy review being conducted by the UK government, the Ministry of Defense is planning to pivot away from traditional defence and “operate much more in the newest domains of space, cyber, and sub-sea,” Wallace wrote in The Telegraph.

               Christopher Ford

“This week we have been reminded of the threat Russia poses to our national security with the provocative test of a weapon-like projectile from a satellite threatening the peaceful use of space,” he said.

On July 15, Russia tested an anti-satellite weapon in space using the same system that stalked a U.S. reconnaissance satellite earlier this year, U.S. Space Command said on Thursday.

“But Russia is not alone,” said Wallace. “China, too, is developing offensive space weapons and both nations are upgrading their capabilities.”

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing the power to blind, disorient, and even destroy the United States’ GPS system, U.S. experts told The Epoch Times earlier this month.

U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford said on Friday that “the weaponisation of space is unfortunately well-advanced.”

“Moscow and Beijing have already turned space into a war-fighting domain,” he said. “Both are fielding new anti-satellite weapons in order to hold U.S. and allied space services at risk.”

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Calf With Surgical ‘Ball-Shaped’ Injury Baffles UK Researcher

Article by Michael Moran                                 July 23, 2020                               (dailystar.co.uk)

• On July 4th, Albert Tyas was walking in the Gaddings Dam Area of Todmorden, in Yorkshire, England, when he came across the corpse of the calf was found in a field where sheep were grazing. He sent pictures of the dead calf to paranormal researcher Deborah Hatswell.

• Arriving at the scene, Hatswell found that the calf had “very precise clean cuts”. “[There were] no signs of attack or a chase of any kind,” Hatswell told Daily Star Online. She noted that the grass surrounding the calf was clean, with no sign of blood. “This kill has all the classic signs of animal mutilation.” The animal had a perfectly cut ‘tennis ball sized’ sphere cut into its side, with no blood around the wound, as if the flesh had been scooped with a melon baller. Also, there were no signs of a vehicle or tractor tracks in the area, which makes it unlikely that the animal was killed elsewhere and dumped. It’s as if, Hatswell says, the animal had been “dropped from above.” Researchers also found a dead white chicken in the same area, which also defied explanation.

• Reports of animal mutilation go at least as far back as the 1600s, where the animal’s “surgical” wounds are too neat to have been caused by natural predators. Hatswell says that during the course of her research into the paranormal across Britain, Todmorden comes up again and again as a hotspot of inexplicable happenings.

• The Yorkshire area is steeped in paranormal lore, said Hatswell, citing the case of Zigmund Adamski, a 56 year old miner who went missing from his home in Tingley, near Wakefield in June 1980. Adamski’s body was discovered five days later, 20 miles from his home at a coal yard in Todmorden. Adamski’s body was covered in mysterious burns, and they appear to have been treated with an ointment that scientists were unable to identify. James Turnbull, the coroner who dealt with Zigmund’s death, described the case as the biggest mystery of his career. Adamski had been missing for five days, but his body only showed one day’s growth of beard.

 

  field where calf’s corpse was found

A bizarre “animal mutilation” case has been reported in Yorkshire – and paranormal investigators say the dead animal could have been “dropped from above”.

         Deborah Hatswell

Reports of livestock being skinned with surgical precision and drained of blood – often associated with UFO sightings – have been a regular part of paranormal lore for decades. But most of them come out of the American Midwest.

This strange story of a calf killed by some unknown force or predator comes from the Gaddings Dam Area of Todmorden, in Yorkshire.

Paranormal researcher Deborah Hatswell was sent images of the extraordinary find by Albert Tyas, who was out walking in the area on July 4.

The corpse of the calf was found, somewhat unusually, in a field where sheep were grazing.

        a “scoop” was taken from its side

“This kill has all the classic signs of animal mutilation,” Deborah told Daily Star Online.

“Notice the very precise clean cuts,” she added, “there are no signs of attack or a chase of any kind.”

Deborah adds that the clean grass surrounding the calf, with no blood, makes it unlikely that this animal was killed by a dog or a cat.

“It doesn’t fit with the classic signs of any normal beast here in the UK.”
It’s almost as if, she says, the animal had been “dropped from above.”

Sceptics, looking at the innumerable reports of animal mutilation which go at least as far back as the 1600s, will often blame humans for the “surgical” wounds on the animals, which are too neat to have been caused by natural predators.

                       Zigmund Adamski

But, Debbie points out in this case, there are no signs of vehicle or tractor tracks in the area which makes it unlikely that the animal was killed elsewhere and dumped.

 

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Beneath the Surface is Best Place to Find Life on Mars

Article by Sean Martin                               July 28, 2020                               (express.co.uk)

• The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos’ ExoMars mission to Mars that was scheduled for launch this year has been postponed until 2022 due to the lock-downs imposed by the coronavirus outbreak. When it does launch in 2022, the ExoMars’ ‘Rosalind Franklin Rover’ will be attached with a subsurface drill, to look beneath the surface for signs of life.

• Astrophysicist and research scientist Dimitra Atri at the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi believes that subsurface conditions on the Red Planet could be the best for any microorganisms, because there are still traces of water – a main ingredients for life – beneath the surface. Also, any life beneath the surface will be protected from deadly solar radiation.

• In addition, the launch was delayed due to issues with some of the electronics in the robot, and a hardware concern for the solar panels. With the borders closed due to the pandemic, neither the engineers nor the parts to correct these issues are readily available. Professor of planetary and space science at the Open University Monica Grady says, “Each of the hardware issues could be solved, as could problems with software – but in combination, there was too great a risk that the time remaining before the launch was too short to ensure * full and thorough final testing.”

• “The final staging place before moving to the launch site is Turin, in northern Italy, where illness from coronavirus has practically closed the country and brought movement across its borders to a halt,” noted Grady. “Engineers from the UK, France, Russia and the US (at the very least) will be needed alongside those in Italy for the final testing.”

[Editor’s Note]  The place to look for life on Mars is indeed under the planet’s surface. Mars is teeming with a variety of subsurface civilizations, from indigenous intelligent reptilian and raptor species, to indigenous humanoids hiding in the crevasses, to secret space program bases belonging to the Nazi German/Draco Reptilians, industrial colonies belonging to the Interplanetary Corporate Conglomerate, and the ICC’s mercenary military divisions: the Mars Defense Force and the Interplanetary Defense and Reaction Forces.

 

               Rosalind Franklin Rover
                       Dimitra Atri

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roscosmos is set to up the ante in the search for life on Mars when it launches the ExoMars rover to the Red Planet in 2022. The machine will be attached with a subsurface drill which will be able to look beneath the surface for signs of life. By doing so, it will become the first rover to look for signs of life beneath the surface.
Some experts believe this could be the best hope of finding alien life.

Astrophysicist and research scientist Dimitra Atri at the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi has conducted research, and found that subsurface conditions of the Red Planet could be the best for any microorganisms, according to the research published in the journal Scientificace to loo.

                        Monica Grady

This is because beneath the surface, there are still traces of water – one of the main ingredients for life.

On top of that, any life beneath the surface will be protected from deadly solar radiation – protection which is lacking on the surface due to the Red Planet’s lack of atmosphere.

Mr Atri said: “It is exciting to contemplate that life could survive in such a harsh environment, as few as two meters below the surface of Mars.

“When the Rosalind Franklin rover on board the ExoMars mission (ESA and Roscosmos), equipped with a subsurface drill, is launched in 2022, it will be well-suited to detect extant microbial life and hopefully provide some important insights.”

ExoMars was set to be launched this year, but the coronavirus outbreak put a halt to that.

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