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Space Security Conference 2005

The Praxis Centre and CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament] held an international conference on space security for the beginning of 'Keep Space for Peace Week' at Leeds Metropolitan University on the 1st October 2005.
Is it possible to keep space free from weapons?

The military has plans for lasers, space based missiles and attack vehicles that descend on targets from space; killer satellites, which would disrupt or destroy other nation's satellites; and tungsten rods fired from space platforms that would be able to penetrate underground targets.

How much will it all cost?

To date, the US has spent well more than $130 billion on Star Wars research and development. The budget for military-related space activity and is expected to grow to more than $25 billion a year by 2010. The consequences of supporting the growing cost of space weapons technology will mean that some social programmes may suffer – the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina has now illustrated what that might mean to the American public

This conference will explore these issues and more – with workshops on The US, UK and European Political Climate, UK Law and US bases, The Technologies of Space Security, The Global Protest Movement.

What role does the UK play?

Some of these programmes are already underway, including the US missile defence system (also known as “Son of Star Wars”) that uses bases in the UK (at RAF Menwith Hill and RAF Fylingdales). Could/should the UK do more to prevent an arms race in space?

Knocking on Heaven’s Door - An International Conference on Space Security
1st October 2005 9am - 5pm Leeds Metropolitan University Brunswick Building Leeds, UK

Speakers Included: Bruce Gagnon (Global Network, USA) Kate Hudson (CND Chair, UK) Jean Lambert (MEP) Stacey Fritz (No Nukes North, Alaska) Dennis Apel (Vendenberg Action Coalition, USA) Dave Knight (Vice President, CND, UK) Lindis Percy (CAAB) Anne Lee (Menwith Hill Women's Campaign) Dave Webb (The Praxis Centre)

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