Why the US should ban kinetic anti-satellite weapons

This article was written by doctoral candidate Matthew Jenkins. The United States has long been the world leader in developing and leveraging space-based technology. While the gap between the US and other countries has shrunk in recent years, the United States remains the nation most dependent on space-based capabilities. As of June 2020, the total…

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To catch a star: the technical and geopolitical arguments for autonomous on-orbit satellite servicing

This article was written by IWP doctoral candidate Matthew Jenkins. On April 12, Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) successfully docked with a geostationary communications satellite, Intelsat 10-02. It is easy to see the applications for this technology. Besides extending the lives of satellites running out of propellant, for example, one can imagine satellites carrying…

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Don’t make space harder than it needs to be

This article was written by IWP doctoral candidate Matthew Jenkins. In February, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the Space Force “the plane of today”—a reference to media interest in the paint scheme of the new Air Force One—when asked whether the new administration supported the United States Space Force. The good news is…

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