What to Know About Space Security

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Sep 30, 2016 | Chatham House, Patricia Lewis, David Livingstone

Global space-based satellite constellations have become key elements in the workings of the national and international infrastructure for the piloting of aircraft, navigation at sea, military manoeuvres, financial transactions and internet and phone communications. China’s launch of a ‘quantum satellite’ designed to transmit hack-proof keys from space and the loss of control of the space station Tiangong-1, highlight the security challenges, and dangers that space presents. In this report for Chatham House, Patricia Lewis and David Livingstone assess key vulnerabilities, and how the international community could create a secure and peaceful space environment. 



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