The United States has other plans for the near future. It may in fact be preparing for space wars.

General John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, told CNN: “As humans go out there, there has always been conflict. Conflict in the Wild West as we move in the West … conflict twice in Europe for its horrible world wars.

“So, every time humans actually physically move into that, there’s conflict, and in that case, we’ll have to be prepared for that.”

Nations in conflict might start to make plans to knock out an enemy’s space infrastructure such as satellites or space shuttles.

Attacks on satellites could have devastating consequences such as blacking out televisions, mobile networks and even the internet.

Everything from GPS, stock markets, bank transactions, traffic lights and railway switchboards could freeze causing utter chaos.

Planes could drop out of the sky as they become unsure of their position and without data to steer them around storms.

World leaders might not be able to communicate, and suspicion and hostility would cause panic.

Armed drones would be out of contact, smart bombs would be useless and missile use would be futile.

Worst of all, nuclear attack early warning systems would cease to function.

Russian security forces have already pledged to establish moon bases in the near future, to establish a foot-hold in space against their enemies.

Peter Singer, who advises the US Defense Department on space threats said: “There’s incentive to take that away from us.

“And that means if there was conflict on Planet Earth, it would almost inherently start with some kind of conflict in space.”

Security experts have warned that the superpowers are already developing terrifying space technology.

Russia has already developed multiple kamikaze satellites such as the “Kosmos 2499” which is designed to sidle up to American satellites and then, if ordered, disable or destroy them.

There are suggestions the Russians have also created technology capable of launching nukes in space.

China has launched the “Shiyan” which is a spacecraft equipped with a grappling arm that could snatch satellites right out of orbit.

Hyten said: “We have very good surveillance and intelligence capabilities, so we can see the threats that are being built.

“So we’re developing capabilities to defend ourselves. It’s really that simple.”

Some experts have warned that governments must make a space war illegal before all hell breaks loose.

The US is developing a new weapon that can literally blast enemy nukes from outer-space.

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