China, Russia performed tests to modify atmosphere

Dec 21, 2018, 7:46 AM EST
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)
(Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr)

According to a report published in the journal “Earth and Planetary Physics,” the scientists from China and Russia teamed up in June for a series of experiments that involved heating the ionosphere, the upper electrically charged layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The controversial testing, which reportedly tampered the ionosphere over Europe, could have military applications, as admitted by a Chinese scientist involved in the project, writes South China Morning Post.

Dennis Papadopoulos, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, however, played down all the hype, adding that the U.S. has already conducted such experiments and there’s nothing sensational except for the fact that China and Russia are pursuing this technology, notes Motherboard.

For quite some time now, the countries have been trying to master the technology of tampering the electromagnetic field in the ionosphere, a capability that would allow disrupting or blocking communication over enemy territories.