anti-satellite

adjective

an·​ti-sat·​el·​lite ˌan-tē-ˈsa-tə-ˌlīt How to pronounce anti-satellite (audio)
ˌan-tī-
variants or less commonly antisatellite
: of, relating to, or being a system designed for the destruction or incapacitation of satellites
anti-satellite missiles

Examples of anti-satellite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That led to the White House declassifying intelligence that Russia's pursuing an anti-satellite capability, serious concern. CBS News, 3 Mar. 2024 Russia destroyed the satellite on Nov. 15, 2021 in a kinetic anti-satellite test that generated a cloud of debris, including some 1,500 pieces of trackable size. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 28 Feb. 2024 In April 2022, the United States committed to not conducting debris-generating direct-ascent anti-satellite tests. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 On February 15th, 2024, the White House confirmed that Russia is attempting to deploy a nuclear spaceborne anti-satellite weapon. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Last week, congressional leaders revealed that Russia has developed a nuclear anti-satellite weapon, which highlights just how disturbingly vulnerable the U.S. is in space. Andrew Follett, National Review, 21 Feb. 2024 Intelligence officials assessed that starting with private engagement on the Russian anti-satellite threat could have been a more effective approach, Kirby said. Aamer Madhani, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 As early as 1959, the U.S. began developing anti-satellite missiles, fearful the Soviets might be about to do the same. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 15 Feb. 2024 Back in 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite test and destroyed its own Fengyun-1C weather satellite, increasing the number of trackable space objects by 25 percent. Carla Delgado, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-satellite was in 1957

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“Anti-satellite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-satellite. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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