space weapon


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space weapon

[′spās ‚wep·ən]
(ordnance)
A weapon that travels through space and is directed against an enemy target whether on the ground, in the air, or in space.
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defining space weapons: what is "harmful interference"?
Today, there is an effort under way to ban space weapons. At the United Nations' 2002 Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Russia and China began working to prevent the deployment of "any kinds of weapons" in space or resort to force or the threat of force against space objects.
(2) I have addressed these criticisms in Steven Lambakis, "Space Weapons: Refuting the Critics," Policy Review 105 (February/March 2001), and Steven Lambakis, "Space Cops: Reviving Space Arms Control," Astropolitics 1:2.
But the United States, the European Union, Australia, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, among others, had reservations about this specific text, particularly about the lack of a definition of space weapons, lack of verification, and silence on use of terrestrial anti-satellite weapons (ASATs).
But their proposal has significant drawbacks, including the same old difficulty of agreeing on what constitutes a space weapon. Most space-related capabilities, like lasers and proximity operations, have both peaceful and military applications.
Long before his reign descended into invisible-car madness, he was given this excellent script, which sees MI6's finest up against an enemy attempting to steal a secret space weapon. But as Bond delves deeper, he discovers that he may know this adversary better than he thought.
In short, the concerns over weaponization involve the potentially destructive nature of space weapons. It is impossible to define what constitutes a space weapon, and controlling an arms race based on definitions of what constitutes a weapon is doomed to failure with the exception of those weapons clearly posing a substantial risk to humanity, such as nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
For example, there is no agreement on how to define space weapon. Without a definition you are left with loopholes and meaningless limitations that endanger national security.
There is no clear definition of what constitutes a space weapon, Everett said.