Do you think space weapons are needed for space warfare? Not.
UAE-based Thuraya said their satellite services have been subjected to harmful and intentional interference in Libya and beyond recently.
In a statement issued on February 25th, the Company stated that it has conclusive evidence that demonstrates that the interference comes as a result of unlawful and intentional jamming activities.
Unlawful per the Outer Space Treaty which offers that states shall be responsible for national space activities (like affecting satellite signals) whether carried out by governmental or non-governmental activities; states shall be liable for damage caused by their space objects (like their ground, sea, air, or space-based interference with Thuraya’s signal), and; states shall avoid harmful contamination of space (like Thuraya’s satellite signal) and celestial bodies.
Thuraya stated that it will be looking for legal recourse, but that in the meantime, its technical teams have worked tirelessly to mitigate the impact of the interference.
By the time Thuraya issued their statement, voice services had been restored over much of the coverage area.
However the most impacted spot beams are the one that are covering Libya.
Will Libya be held responsible for this act of space warfare? If so, wake me up when it happens.