New Heights of Combat—Yesterday’s Scientific Fantasies, Today’s Technological Possibilities: Weaponisation of Outer Space


This Article focuses on militarization and weaponization of space. Militarization of space occurred many decades ago. The contemporary concern is weaponization of space; that is, the introduction of new futuristic weapons into the space environment. The Article argues that the quantum leaps by China’s space program (set to outpace Russia’s cash strapped program) may herald the dawn of a new Cold War and a heated arms race with the United States as China seeks to underwrite its regional pre-eminence with military might. The Article highlights the fact that the international Space Law regime now has a new game in the making for which it is in many ways ill equipped to handle.


International Law

Date of this Version

May 2006