space security


The United States, China, and Anti-Satellite Weapons

, China project manager and senior analyst

Many US observers believe anti-satellite (ASAT) attacks could be China’s trump card in a major military confrontation with the United States. But the reality may be exactly the opposite. The United States could have more to gain, and China more to lose, from taking the fight to outer space. A US presidential decision to pursue this advantage would make the United States, not China, the protagonist in a new space arms race that would undermine the security of both nations. Read more >

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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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