Crowded Orbits

Crowded Orbits : Conflict and Cooperation in Space

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Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers. This book offers general readers a valuable primer on space policy from an international perspective. It examines the competing themes of space competition and cooperation while providing readers with an understanding of the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, science, and military applications. The recent expansion of human space activity poses new challenges to existing treaties and other governance tools for space, increasing the likelihood of conflict over a diminishing pool of beneficial locations and resources close to Earth. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience in international space policy debates, James Clay Moltz examines possible avenues for cooperation among the growing pool of space actors, considering their shared interests in space traffic management, orbital debris control, division of the radio frequency spectrum, and the prevention of military conflict.
Moltz concludes with policy recommendations for enhanced international collaboration in space situational awareness, scientific exploration, and restraining harmful military activities.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 22.86mm | 399.16g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Figures: 2,
  • 0231159129
  • 9780231159128
  • 887,884

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. Getting Into Orbit 2. The Politics of the Space Age 3. Civil Space: Science and Exploration 4. Commercial Space Developments 5. Military Space: Expanded Uses and New Risks 6. Space Diplomacy 7. Trends and Future Options Notes Index
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"Clay Moltz set out to provide a primer for non-specialists on the importance of developing a peaceful and sustainable approach to space. He has succeeded; Moltzs book is the best available general introduction to the past, present, and alternative futures in all areas of space activity. It is written in clear, non-technical and non-jargony language, and sets forth in a balanced way the governance choices before us as humanity continues to develop the final frontier." - John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University and founder, GWs Space Policy Institute
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James Clay Moltz set out to provide a primer for nonspecialists on the importance of developing 'a peaceful and sustainable approach to space.' He has succeeded; Moltz's book is the best available general introduction to the past, present, and alternative futures in all areas of space activity. It is written in clear, nontechnical, and nonjargony language and sets forth in a balanced way the governance choices before us as humanity continues to develop the final frontier. -- John Logsdon, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, and founder of The George Washington University's Space Policy Institute Moltz has written a concise, accessible, and very timely account of the history of space development, and the possible futures we could build for ourselves. Publishers Weekly Be sure to read Crowded Orbits... Fascinating... Astroguyz
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About James Clay Moltz

James Clay Moltz is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and holds a joint appointment in the Department of National Security Affairs and the Space Systems Academic Group. He is the author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests and Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks. He has appeared on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" and has written on space topics for the Boston Globe, Nature, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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