STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

The US Space Priorities under the Obama Administration

Gp. Capt. Ajey Lele (Retd.) is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • January 2011
    Volume: 
    35
    Issue: 
    1
    Commentaries

    The 21st century may not hold the same strategic logic of the 1960s and 1970s towards discovering outer space. Over a period of time, particularly after the end of the Cold War, space appears to have lost some, if not all, of its strategic significance. During 2004, the then US president, George W. Bush, had argued that the 21st century moon exploration initiative by the US should be viewed as part of a journey and not a race. Mostly, the peaceful voyage of global activities in space got a jolt when China conducted an anti-satellite test (ASAT) during January 2007. China destroyed its own aging weather satellite at an altitude of 850 km by using a missile (non-explosive, KKV-kinetic kill vehicle technology) and in turn creating huge space debris hazardous to other satellites.

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