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Ted Cruz: US Satellites Vulnerable

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By    |   Friday, 19 May 2017 08:57 AM

The United States' adversaries are becoming more able to target satellites that are vital to our infrastructure, Sen. Ted Cruz warned.

"The development that other countries are making in space weaponry, to take out our communication equipment, is truly chilling," the Texas Republican said at a webcast event in Washington, according to Live Science. 

"I will tell you, some of the classified briefings would take your breath away at the potential threats we face," Cruz said at a Tuesday discussion hosted by The Atlantic magazine, called "On the Launchpad: A Return to Deep Space."

Cruz is chairman of the Science, Commerce, and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, Live Science reports. 

Satellites help maintain the U.S. security and the economy, including military reconnaissance, communications, down to ATM withdrawal, the senator noted.

"With our satellite infrastructure being vulnerable, the basic steps of commerce and life are threatened profoundly, and I think we need serious investment to address that vulnerability," Cruz told Atlantic senior editor Ross Andersen, at the event.

Cruz said both houses of Congress passed recent bipartisan bills to fund space-related activities.

"It is remarkable and it should be encouraging for everyone interested in space, that in an intensely partisan environment, where you have Republicans and Democrats at each other's throats on almost everything, that we've been able to see legislation, two different pieces of legislation that I authored, signed into law, one by Barack Obama, and one by Donald Trump," he said. 

"I think NASA is in a position to help direct and lead America's leadership in space," Cruz added, praising the growth of commercial exploration of space.

"I'll make a prediction right now: The first trillionaire will be made in space," Cruz said.

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