The rapid increase of space activity in the 21st century has raised questions about the adequacy of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty (OST) to govern orbital activities and prevent future international conflicts. This study analyzes the OST's ability to address critical emerging problems across three issue areas: orbital space debris, the weaponization of space, and asteroid and Moon mining.
Space competency is critical to winning our future wars. Over the past 60 years, the United States Navy (USN) has played an essential role as an active enabler of space-based capabilities. In this day and age, when adversaries continue to mature their own space capabilities to deny U.S. capabilities.
This report, released by NASA in late June 2018, provides the results of a vital independent review board report on the status of the troubled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project. The results were quite dramatic: the launch date for the telescope has been delayed to March 2021, and the cost of the project is now estimated to have risen nearly $1 billion.
This June 2018 report was issued by the Interagency Working Group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-Bound Near-Earth Objects (NEO) and has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction.
This comprehensive 2017 report on the aeronautical and space activities of the U.S. Federal Government for Fiscal Year 2016 has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) large satellites provide robust capabilities, but they are ill designed to combat emerging threats and concerns like anti-satellite weapons and a shrinking defense budget. Small satellites are a potential solution to this challenge, but the technology is too nascent for the DOD to deploy.