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Space Weapons, the Threat of War in Space and Planetary Defense

  • Joseph N. Pelton
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


For fifty years the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 has provided a stable framework by spacefaring nations to carry out a wide range of activities in outer space. There have been some remarkable international cooperative ventures. We have seen the success of the Solyut-SpaceLab linkage, the International Space Station (ISS) and many other cooperative projects involving countries around the world. There is now an amazing array of cooperative organizations in the area of outer space. These include the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT) organization, with its service to almost 200 countries, the International Mobile Satellite (INMARSAT) organization, COSPAS-SARSAT, EUTELSAT, EUMETSAT, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Space University (ISU) and many dozens of others.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph N. Pelton
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  1. 1.International Association for the Advancement of Space SafetyArlingtonUSA

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