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Chinese ASAT Program Continues Unabated August 27, 2013

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Recent news reports suggest that China’s development of anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities is continuing.  See http://missilethreat.com/china-launches-three-asat-satellites/ for details.

That China has prioritized these capabilities is hardly surprising.  They long ago realized the importance of interdicting and degrading space capabilities in a future crisis with the U.S. or other adversaries.

See http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=492http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=459, and http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=1110 for further discussion of Chinese space program and implications for the US.

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Russian Missile Launches South Korean Rocket August 23, 2013

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Recent reports of a Russian SS-18 being used to launch a South Korean satellite offer further illustration of the close linkage between offensive missiles and space launch – something to remember when viewing Iranian and North Korean “space” launches.

http://missilethreat.com/russian-icbm-to-take-s-koreas-satellite-into-orbit/

Space Launch Industrial Base Videos Available August 14, 2013

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Space Launch Industrial Base Videos Available

Videos from the June 13 discussion of the space launch industrial base can be found on the Marshall Institute’s Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4hMuaEKx9VfG92wDYgdzxw) or main website (www.marshall.org).

The event featured presentations by the Department of Defense and NASA and a panel discussion of government policy, the competitiveness of the launch industry, and options for controlling launch costs.

Presentations by:

  • Brett Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, United States Department of Defense
  • James Norman, NASA Director of Launch Services

Panel Discussion with:

  • Peter Marquez, former director Space Policy, National Security Council & Marshall Institute Fellow
  • Bill Adkins, former Staff Director, House Science Committee, Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee
  • Joseph Fuller, Chief Executive Officer of Futron Corporation