Outer space and private companies

Consequences for global security

Authored by: Paweł Frankowski

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
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This chapter focuses on sectors, methods, and spheres of the space activity of private companies to provide empirical analysis of space applications and implications for global security.* Special emphasis has been given to the private companies offering access to satellite imagery and satellite remote sensing, as well as companies entering outer space with new and prospective capabilities such as space mining. The chapter explains the rising importance of geo-intelligence, space surveillance, and telecommunication for global security and new kinds of security challenges and vulnerabilities such as environmental problems in outer space or technological challenges to security. The author argues that profit-oriented companies play a crucial role in the new security environment in the US, effectively changing both law and practice. Finally, the new and growing market for subcontractors in space applications raises questions about the growing dependence on private resources in a traditional sphere of state activity, namely security, in this case provided from and through outer space.

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