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Satellite Threat Due to High Altitude Nuclear Detonations

Satellite Threat Due to High Altitude Nuclear Detonations

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SATELLITE THREAT DUE TO HIGH ALTITUDE NUCLEAR DETONATIONS DENNIS PAPADOPOULOS PHYSICS DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
SATELLITE THREAT DUE TO HIGH ALTITUDE NUCLEAR DETONATIONS DENNIS PAPADOPOULOS PHYSICS DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

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Published by: rlnac on Aug 16, 2011
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SATELLITE THREAT DUE TOHIGH ALTITUDE NUCLEARDETONATIONS
DENNIS PAPADOPOULOSPHYSICS DEPARTMENTUNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Acknowledge Input From
DTRA HAND/HALEOS STUDY
TETHER PANEL HAARP STUDY
 
OUTLINE
The Threat : Nuclear Detonations in Space
EMP Effects Prompt (<1sec)HEMP, MHD-EMP, SGEMP
Relativistic Particle Injection into the RadiationBelts (Van Allen Belts) Delayed EffectsMonths to Years
Damage to Space Assets and Mitigation Options
 
How Could It Happen?How Could It Happen?
Collateral damage from regional nuclear war or TMD/NMD intercept:
 Nuclear warning shot in a regional conflict;
 Effort to damage adversary forces/infrastructure withelectromagnetic pulse;
 Detonation of salvage-fused warhead upon exoatmosphericintercept attempt.
 Deliberate effort to cause economic damage with lower likelihood of nuclear retaliation:
 By rogue state facing economic strangulation or imminent military defeat;
 Pose economic threat to the industrial world without causing human casualties or visible damage to economic infrastructure.
From HALEOS Study

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