On National Security | Space insecurity: Concerns grow about combustible mix of space congestion and militarization
As more countries join the space race and seek to exploit the economic opportunities in space, players will be competing for limited real estate, and crowding can lead to conflict.
Since 2010, satellite operators with U.S. defense business have posted fallng revenue as American troop levels have fallen in the Middle East.
The NATO alliance is so far behind schedule in contracting for next-generation satellite communications capacity that it now must consider extending its current contract beyond the scheduled end in 2019, a senior NATO official said Nov. 10.
The alliance is expected to approve by year's end the funding and outlines of a 15-year satellite telecommunications purchase to succeed the existing agreement that leases capacity on British, French and Italian military satellites.