Great Power Competition Feeds the Threat Posed by Anti-Satellite Technology
Apr 18, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
- As demonstrated by India's latest anti-satellite (ASAT) test, the number of countries willing to pursue ASAT weapons and capabilities in space is growing.
- The rising great power competition among Russia, China and the United States is driving ASAT use and development.
- ASAT technology produces dangerous space debris that can disable important satellites and challenge the long-term sustainable use of space.
- Unfortunately, adequate norms and treaties do not exist to regulate the ASAT risk, and the tense dynamics among global powers suggest they are unlikely to be formed in the near future.