Star wars. Global positioning satellites. Space-based laser weapons. Once the realm of science fiction, space weapons and warfare are coming closer to reality. Ninety percent of U.S. military communications depend on space assets, marking an increasing reliance on space for national security initiatives, military operations, and e-commerce enabled by satellite technology. What does the future hold for this new arena of military conflict?
This work provides comprehensive coverage of the development of space as a possible arena for warfare, exploring the military uses of space - past, present, and future and specific details of actual space weapons systems.