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Space Weapons

This project tracks the development of military (and dual use) space based technologies and aims to contribute to debates on how to avoid war in space, what constitutes a space weapon and how to define the ethical use of space for the benefit of the whole world.

Space technologies are now key components of the military capabilities and strategies for many states. These associated new and developing technologies have become crucial for communications, surveillance, photoreconnaissance, intelligence gathering, and battle management and some of these roles.

As yet there are no actual weapons systems stationed in space but the current technologies can be seen as important weapons components in that they aid the detection and targeting of weapons systems.

There is general international agreement that an arms race in space should be prevented but there is no agreement on how to make progress. This project tracks the development of military (and dual use) space based technologies and aims to contribute to debates on how to avoid war in space, what constitutes a space weapon and how to define the ethical use of space for the benefit of the whole world.

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Dave Webb, Praxis Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University

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