Amid concerns from China and Russia, NATO will set up a new space center

To some locals, the most secretive, off-the-fence installation on the hill is called’ a "radar station." Some have claimed to have seen mysterious Russians in the area. Over the years, rumors have surfaced that it could become a base for US nuclear warheads.

 

Amid concerns from China and Russia, NATO will set up a new space center

It's easy to see how rumors start. The site is visually amazing. Four large white Kevlar balls sit like gigantic spaceships in a compound in the middle of an open farm country, 25 km (16 miles) west of the Belgian capital, Brussels.

 

But the Castor Satellite Ground Station is far safer and more sophisticated than the local faith suggests. It is the center of space communications in NATO. The largest and most modern of the four military alliance stations.

 

Nearly half of the NATO 2 satellites orbit the earth, administering more than half of the NATO countries, ensuring everything from mobile phone and banking services to weather forecasting. In places like Afghanistan or Kosovo, NATO commanders rely on some of them to visit, talk, share intelligence and detect missile launches.

 

This week, the site in Castor is about to enter a new orbit, as NATO announces it is building a space center to help manage satellite communications and key parts of its military operations around the world.

 

In December, NATO leaders announced that space would be the fifth domain of operations after land, sea, air and cyberspace. During more than two days of talks starting on Thursday, NATO defense ministers will green a new space center at the Coalition Air Command in Ramstein, Germany.

 

Ahead of the meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "It will be a hub for ensuring space assistance in NATO operations, exchanging information and coordinating its activities.

 

This is part of the Alliance's efforts to move forward in the fast-moving and high-tech sector, especially amid concerns that member states say, China and Russia are increasingly aggressive in space.

 

There are satellites in about 80 countries and private companies are also moving forward. In the 1980s, only part of NATO's communications was via satellite. Today, it's at least 40%. During the Cold War, NATO had more than 20 stations, but new technologies mean the world's largest security organization could double that coverage by a fifth.

 

In Castor, behind a double security fence, in a place with large steel doors and bulletproof glass that can withstand any terrorist attack or any attempt to thwart communications, four satellites in Calvary's domes in Belarus Dishes linked NATO's civilian and military headquarters to his work. World.

 

From their elevated position, dishes - two of them in diameter (52 feet) in diameter - beam information and imagery in the direction of space below Europe and Africa where there are satellites of allies such as the United States, Britain, France and Italy. ۔ Orbit NATO itself does not own any satellites.

 

Worldwide, Commander directs data to collect orders, image and intelligence, prepare missions, or transfer military and military equipment to ships, aircraft and mobile or static headquarters. From Caster, new lines of communication for NATO could be established’ within half an hour.

 

Most facilities are enclosed’ in thick steel plates, including taps, to withstand any attack by electromagnetic pulses. A high fraction of the energy that can damage an electrical grid or destroy electronic circuit boards and components.

 

But NATO allies are increasingly concerned about other types of attacks using satellite anti-satellite weapons miles away on Earth that could wreak havoc and wreak havoc in space.

 

He said some countries, including Russia and China, were developing satellite counter-systems that could blind, deactivate or shoot satellites to create dangerous debris in orbit. We must increase our understanding of the challenges in space and our ability to deal with them.

 

For the time being, the military alliance insists that its "approach will be defensive and fully in line with international law." And despite advances in the "fifth domain," Stoltenberg has repeatedly stated over the past year that "NATO has no intention of having weapons."

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