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Space as the Next Theater of War

  • Linda Dawson
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

Most of us envision a war in outer space in the same way that it is portrayed in science fiction books and popular franchises like Star Wars. The typical image includes a lot of space-adapted fighters and larger transport vehicles loaded with a variety of shooting weapons, particle beam weapons, and space torpedoes. Military interaction with a large celestial object such as a planet generally ends with more fancy weapons destroying a civilization or obliterating the entire object. If ever possible, we are no doubt hundreds of years away from reaching this vision of space warfare.

Keywords

Inspection satellites Outer Space Treaty Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty Space War Center Microsatellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) satellites Geosynchronous orbit Navstar Jammers Co-orbital anti-satellite systems Interceptor missiles 

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Dawson
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  1. 1.Senior Lecturer EmeritusUniversity of WashingtonTacomaUSA

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