Crazy Eddie wrote:
Yes, they started developing co-orbital interception vehicles (e.g. armed satellites, missile- and laser-based anti-satellite weapons and even an antiaircraft gun on one of their space stations) after it began to emerge that filling the sky with a bunch of orbiting bombs was a stupid way to cope with American spy satellites.
The idea of launching nuclear warheads from orbit was taken seriously in the 1960s. The four unmanned satellites we see orbiting the Earth in 2001: A Space Odyssey
were originally meant to be nuclear weapons platforms, though there was no reference to that fact in the finished film.
(Damn, now I can't get The Blue Danube
out of my head.)