ABC - Analysts Say the Test Underscores China's Military and Space Ambitions
By GINA SUNSERI
Jan 19, 2007 — - When China launched an anti-satellite weapon to destroy one of its old weather satellites, it also launched an avalanche of speculation around the world. What is the ultimate goal of the Chinese?
The incident is believed to have happened around 5:28 p.m. EST, on Jan. 11, according to Craig Covault of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Covault broke the story late Thursday night, reporting that "the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, NASA and other government organizations have a full court press under way to obtain data on the alleged test."
Covault reported the test is believed to have occurred as the weather satellite flew 520 miles above China's Sichuan province.
Blasting a satellite into bits is one way to get attention.
Covault said this test has significance ...full text