Battle for space power plays out in technology, science – politics and policy

SpaceWar.com reports: “The expanding use of outer space for human activities requires increasing attention to policies and governance, with a Flinders University space expert warning of an increasing need for a well-developed strategic plan to manage competing national interests.

In a new publication, Associate Professor Rodrigo Praino says the race to explore and possibly settle the Moon, Mars and control satellite communications is just part of the race to gain power in space.

‘Space science and technology is racing ahead at a rate faster than knots, so it’s important that work steps up in the international relations and decision-making sphere,’ he says.

‘Starting with the latest lunar exploration endeavours, there seems to be a more competitive approach towards a progressive polarisation of the international space community around two separate and potentially conflicting blocs’…”

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