Space weapons could make orbit a no-fly zone

2019-03-02 10:10:11

By Paul Marks FORTY-FIVE years after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, giving the Soviet Union a crucial lead in the space race (see “This week 45 years ago”), a worrying new struggle for dominance is looming. The Pentagon’s budget plans for 2007 include thinly disguised funding for the development of anti-satellite weapons that could lead to an arms race in space and the sullying of near-Earth space with dangerous clouds of debris. Such a move has been on the cards for some time. In 2001,