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Russia prepared to knock down every US communications satellite within a 60 minute period

Russia, USA and China are prepping for all-out SPACE WAR

SUPERPOWERS are preparing to dominate in a devastating space war, which could destroy life on Earth as we know it, experts have warned.

As countries seek to maintain control in outer-space, competition between nations will give rise to apocalyptic cosmic attacks, according to security officials.

Nightmare scenarios might leave vast swathes of the planet in the dark as intergalactic weapons knock out satellites and launch cyber attacks.

General John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, told CNN: “As humans go out there, there has always been conflict. Conflict in the Wild West as we move in the West … conflict twice in Europe for its horrible world wars.

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DANGER: The blast trail of China’s heavy-lift rocket Long March-5 as it launches from Wenchang

“So we’re developing capabilities to defend ourselves. It’s really that simple”

General John Hyten

“So, every time humans actually physically move into that, there’s conflict, and in that case, we’ll have to be prepared for that.”

Nations in conflict might start to make plans to knock out an enemy’s space infrastructure such as satellites or space shuttles.

Attacks on satellites could have devastating consequences such as blacking out televisions, mobile networks and even the internet.

Everything from GPS, stock markets, bank transactions, traffic lights and railway switchboards could freeze causing utter chaos.

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SPACE WAR: Russia, USA and China are getting ready for the space war to come

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PUTIN: Russia have Kamikaze satellites such as the “Kosmos 2499

Planes could drop out of the sky as they become unsure of their position and without data to steer them around storms.

World leaders might not be able to communicate, and suspicion and hostility would cause panic.

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PREP: Countries could be woefully unprepared

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SPACE RACE: The Russian Proton-K space cargo rocket in Kazakhstan

Armed drones would be out of contact, smart bombs would be useless and missile use would be futile.

Worst of all, nuclear attack early warning systems would cease to function.

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KNOCKED OUT: Satellites could be under-threat

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INFRASTRUCTURE: Removing key space assets could leave a country without defence

Peter Singer, who advises the US Defense Department on space threats said: “There’s incentive to take that away from us.

“And that means if there was conflict on Planet Earth, it would almost inherently start with some kind of conflict in space.”

Russia has already developed multiple kamikaze satellites such as the “Kosmos 2499” which is designed to sidle up to American satellites and then, if ordered, disable or destroy them.

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LAUNCH: President Putin at the Russian launch pad

China has launched the “Shiyan” which is a spacecraft equipped with a grappling arm that could snatch satellites right out of orbit.

Hyten said: “We have very good surveillance and intelligence capabilities, so we can see the threats that are being built.

“So we’re developing capabilities to defend ourselves. It’s really that simple.”

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