According to Dr. Martino, Anthony J., a NASA scientist working on ICESat-2, Chinese ATLAS satellites are more likely to have fired green lasers over Hawaii.
From Hawaii’s highest summit, mysterious green laser beams were noticed late last month. The burst of laser beams was initially attributed by experts to a NASA spacecraft, but this week it was discovered that evidence pointed to a Chinese satellite.
Initially tweeting on January 30, space experts at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) stated that the Subaru-Asahi Star Camera “captured green laser lights over Maunakea, Hawaii, in a cloudy sky. The lights are thought to be from a remote-sensing altimeter satellite ICESAT-2/43613.”
However, a week later, on February 6, NAOJ corrected their statement on YouTube, stating that the “most likely candidate” for the source of the laser beams was a “Chinese Daqi-1/AEMS satellite” rather than a US spacecraft.
“According to Dr. Martino, Anthony J., a NASA scientist working on ICESat-2 ATLAS, it is not by their instrument but by others,” a correction note on the YouTube video explains.
“His colleagues, Dr. Alvaro Ivanoff et al., did a simulation of the trajectory of satellites that have a similar instrument and found a most likely candidate as the ACDL instrument by the Chinese Daqi-1/AEMS satellite.
“We really appreciate their efforts in the identification of the light. We are sorry about our confusion related to this event and its potential impact on the ICESat-2 team.”
Even though the Daqi-1 satellite is purported to be an atmospheric environment monitoring spacecraft, there are many worries about space base and even high-altitude surveillance equipment monitoring the US and allies in the wake of the spy balloon incident last week.
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Watch the video below showing the Chinese satellite shooting laser bursts at Earth: