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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James Mulvenon and David Finkelstein (Washington: RAND, 2005); Zhang Hui, "Chinese Perspectives on Space Weapons," in Russian and Chinese Responses to US Military Plans in Space, eds.
Today, there is an effort under way to ban space weapons.
space-based assets, but also Chinas willingness to use space weapons.
A space weapon is a device stationed in outer space (including the moon and other celestial bodies) or in the earth environment designed to destroy, damage or otherwise interfere with the normal functioning of an object or being in outer space, or a device stationed in outer space designed to destroy, damage or otherwise interfere with the normal functioning of an object or being in the earth environment.
Under president Jimmy Carter, the US tried diplomacy to limit ASAT programs, but the superpowers couldn't begin to agree on how to define a space weapon.
The super-suave spy is pitted against Sean Bean's 006, a rogue agent trying to hijack a space weapon.
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.
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.
The Chinese ASAT missile was clearly a space weapon, for example, but what about the small free-flier spacecraft just announced that will be deployed from Shenzhou-8 next year to televise the planned spacewalk?