Chinese scientists plan to   Starlink satellites

destroy Elon Musk's

Chinese military researchers have

called for the development of a "hard kill" weapon to destroy Elon Musk's Starlink satellite system if it threatens China's national security.

The researchers drew attention

 to Starlink's "huge potential for military applications" and the need for China to develop countermeasures to surveill, disable or even destroy the growing satellite megaconstellation.

Starlink is a broadband

 satellite internet network developed by Musk's SpaceX company that aims to beam internet access to customers anywhere in the world

Since the first

Starlink satellites were launched in 2019, SpaceX has put more than 2,300 of them into low-Earth orbit

The Chinese researchers

 were particularly concerned by the potential military capabilities of the constellation, which they claim could be used to track hypersonic missiles

China has had some near misses

with Starlink satellites already, having written to the U.N. last year to complain that the country's space station was forced to perform emergency maneuvers to avoid "close encounters" with Starlink satellites

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