The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) believes China may be planning to conduct an anti-satellite (ASAT) test sometime this month. USC China Project Director Gregory Kulacki provides details about the possible test and its timing in a blog posted today titled “Is January Chinese ASAT Testing Month?”
Background: One hint that China is planning a test is the fact that it used its interceptor technology to destroy targets in space twice before—in 2007 and 2010—on January 11. The 2007 test destroyed a defunct Chinese satellite at an altitude of about 530 miles (850 kilometers (km)). China used the same technology for a missile defense test in 2010.