Space in a Changing World: The Future Regulation of Outer Space Technology, Warfare and International Law
Our utilization of satellite technology and the unique environment of outer space continues to increase rapidly. Many aspects of our daily lives are closely dependent upon assured access to satellite data. This is also the case with respect to the conduct of armed conflict, with most major militaries regarding space-related technology as an integral element in their strategic battle platform. The changing technological structure of armed conflict, including the use of satellites, poses challenging questions for international law, including the existing laws regulating warfare. This chapter discusses the difficult issues that emerge from these technological developments and offers some thoughts as to how they might be addressed.