The Military Ascent into Space: From Playground to Battleground--The New Uncertain Game in the Heavens


This article seeks to bring to light the various aspects pertaining to the militarization and weaponization of space. It will give an overview of initiatives by the space-faring nations in developing space weaponry, discuss the space law regime and in particular expose its defects in effectively addressing space warfare. It will then proceed to generally juxtapose space warfare with the U.N. Charter regime on the use of force. The article exposes various questions, but does not seek to undertake the ambitious goal of supplying solutions; after all, as the article will demonstrate, the problems are readily evident, but the solutions absent.


Air and Space Law

Date of this Version

May 2006