Space News and Commentary 12 Sep 2008

U.S. Space Strategy Urged | AVIATION WEEK Absolutely agree with this article. The lack of national direction for space is part of the reason the U.S. is starting to lose its preeminence in space and space related technology and a general lack of understanding by the public and Congress why space and space development is important.

Space Invaders As unfortunate necessity as it may be the militarization and weaponization of space has been a fact for some time now (i.e. GPS, spy satellites, unmanned drones, etc.). Enemies of the United States as well as questionable allies (e.g. Russia) have been developing systems for years to counter the U.S. technological edge up to and including systems intent on crippling America and it’s allies space based systems and technology that allow the government and military to communicate and organize operations much more rapidly than their contemporaries. Until all nations with or without space aspirations agree to abide by the assorted space treaties or agree to create new ones addressing everyone’s concerns, militarization of space will remain a continuing and growing reality. Allowing U.S. space based technologies to stagnate until other nations catch up to the capability, quality, and quantity of the U.S. under the notion that technological equivalence will generate trust and stability is dangerously foolish and will never resulted in peace. History has shown previous attempts at technological equivalence has never engendered peaceful cooperation between states with ideological differences.

China to launch 3rd manned space flight Sep. 25 |The Space Fellowship Hopefully their manned space walk will go off without a hitch.

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