From the Magazine
China's counterspace strategy is based on taking advantage of not only its own strengths but also the weaknesses of its potential adversaries. They could use a new threat to achieve their ultimate goal of deterring U.S. military intervention in the Asia-Pacific theater and could accomplish this without firing a shot.
Beijing this month hosted the Global Space Exploration Conference, GLEX 2017, an occasion which China used effectively to declare its goals for space and call for further engagement with the space community. The event was the perfect setting, with around 1,000 participants, including heads of agencies, industry representatives, scientists and policy makers in attendance.
Chinese engineers are wrapping up work on the Chang’e-5 lunar mission for a targeted November launch atop a Long March 5 booster. It will depart from the newly completed Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China’s Hainan Province. If successful, this robotic mooncraft would carry the first lunar samples returned to Earth in over 40 years.
This month, the U.S. Department of Defense released its annual report to Congress on Chinese military and security developments. The report reflects the official views of DoD and the U.S. intelligence community on the state of the Chinese military and Chinese security activities. Its issuance has been protested annually by the People’s Republic of China as furthering perceptions of a “China threat.”
If you asked a fighter pilot during World War II what he needed in a plane, he would say, “I want to turn inside the enemy,” or superior maneuverability. Today, as we have firmly moved to space as the high ground, this maxim has never been truer.
Do three events constitute a trend? For many in the Earth-observation industry, the answer seems to be yes.
Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are de facto competitors in an undeclared race to be the first to send private passengers into suborbital space, but both billionaire-led ventures are prioritizing safety over urgency.
In 2004, Burt Rutan predicted a vibrant future for commercial suborbital spaceflight. Thirteen years after SpaceShipOne nabbed the Ansari X Prize, suborbital space tourism has yet to take off.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center faces unique challenges because it uses an extensive array of ground systems - some decades old - to communicate with individual satellites.
The next wave of missions creates communications challenges for NASA’s Deep Space Network
In recent weeks NASA had laid out more details about what an outpost orbiting the moon might look like and how it could be built - driven by the need to start planning payloads for the initial missions to develop it.
American remote sensing startups want to stay in the United States, but they must plan for overseas operations due to uncertainty in the regulatory approval process.
A variety of new space technologies are emerging in the U.S. space industry, and policymakers should look for ways to facilitate this innovation and make these technologies more accessible to civil, commercial, and military space customers.