Saving Space from ‘Star Wars’-Style Misperceptions

Saving Space from ‘Star Wars’-Style Misperceptions
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Dogfights in orbit. Spacecraft blasting at each other with lasers. Targets that erupt into fireballs and vanish. The world still doesn’t know what a conflict in space might look like, because the norms and capabilities of such an event are still largely unwritten. But to many, the idea of a war in space conjures imagery from Star Wars, which George Lucas famously modeled after World War II air combat. One thing is certain: If policymakers imagine space to be the same kind of warfighting domain as its terrestrial counterparts, the sustainability of space as a commons is at risk. […]

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