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Tenth Anniversary Release of UCS Satellite Database

, senior scientist

Happy birthday to the UCS Satellite Database! This month we are marking the 10th anniversary of the UCS Satellite Database. Read more >

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Webinar on the Globalization of Space

, co-director and senior scientist

The next in our Global Security Technical Webinar Series will be held on Thursday, February 11, at noon Boston time (17:00 UTC) (for corresponding times around the world click here).

Dr. Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, will be talking about:

“The Globalization of Space: What’s Up?” Read more >

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Russian Rocket Body Seen as a Streak over Arizona

, co-director and senior scientist

A fireball seen in the sky over the western U.S. got a lot of press attention today, with people wondering what it was and whether it was a threat.

The U.S. military, which tracks objects in space, said that it was caused by the reentry into the atmosphere of the empty stage of a Russian SL-4 rocket body, which apparently had been launched a day earlier. Read more >

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Preventing Space War

, senior scientist

“Of all the places where conflict could erupt, space might seem the least likely, except in movies.”

So says a very good New York Times editorial “Preventing a Space War” this week. Sounds right, if X-Wing fighters come to mind when you think space conflict. But in reality conflict in space is both more likely than one would think and less likely to be so photogenic. Read more >

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No Need to Give Up on Peace in Space

, China project manager and senior analyst

The headlines from this year’s space symposium in Colorado Springs were full of doom and gloom. The U.S. assistant secretary of State for arms control warned, “The threat to outer space is real and growing.” He drew bright lines in the heavens between enemies and allies, dismissed international entreaties for negotiations in the United Nations Conference on Disarmament (UNCD), and called on U.S. allies to strengthen space deterrence.

U.S. Air Force Lt. General Jay Raymond told the packed house of space enthusiasts that China was enemy number one. He claimed a July 2014 Chinese missile defense test was actually an anti-satellite test and that it was successful, although he offered no new information in support of either claim. U.S. officials are using the recent Chinese test to justify greater U.S. reliance on space weaponry to protect U.S. satellites. Read more >

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