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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Should We Weaponize Space

David R. Butcher discusses the recently space weapon activity since China's destruction of a weather satellite with an anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) in January.

I think weapons in space are a forgone conclusion. I don't see that as a bad thing, however. If we are ever to expand humanity to places other than Earth, we have to see space as just another destination.

There is nothing inherently special about space. As long as we see space as this pristine environment where no evil should fall, real people won't be able to live there.

People are people. We have selfishness, selflessness, hate, love and yes wars (for both good and bad reasons). If people are to break out into the solar system, so will weapons.

1 comment:

Darnell Clayton said...

Spot on Dan!

I've been reading more and more reports of people desiring weapons to not be deployed in outer space.

Even space tourist Anousheh Ansari is promoting a no weapons agreement (hat tip: Hobby Space).

Space will inevitably be militerized and perhaps fought over in the future. One only has to look at our own world to see what we will imitate above.