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Great Power Competition Feeds the Threat Posed by Anti-Satellite Technology

Apr 18, 2019 | 09:00 GMT

A composite image from NASA-sourced images.

A composite image from NASA-sourced images. Anti-satellite technology increases the risk that space will be littered with dangerous debris that could collide with important spacecraft either accidentally or during conflicts.

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More and more countries are developing anti-satellite technologies for exploration and defense -- especially as the great power competition among the United States, China and Russia heats up -- which increases the risk that space will be littered with dangerous debris that could collide with important satellites either accidentally or during conflicts. And the tense dynamic among countries with anti-satellite technology will stall any attempts to develop international norms or treaties to reduce the consequences of space debris and ensure the long-term sustainable use of space....