The Satellite’s Downfall: A Case Study On The Military And Legal Implications Of Chinese Anti- Satellite Missiles

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The Satellite’s Downfall: A Case Study On The Military And Legal Implications Of Chinese Anti- Satellite Missiles

Type: Master thesis
Title: The Satellite’s Downfall: A Case Study On The Military And Legal Implications Of Chinese Anti- Satellite Missiles
Author: Voigt, Daniel
Issue Date: 2017-01-31
Keywords: Anti-satellite Missile
Space Security
Satellite
China
Orbit
Abstract: The recent development in anti-satellite capabilities is amongst the great security concerns for modern space-faring states. This work seeks to outline the various dimensions of anti-satellite weaponry by reviewing the technical, strategic, and legal aspects of these weapons. This work discusses the possible impact of ASAT missiles on navigation, communication, information gathering, and early warning systems. Specifically in regards to the unhindered growth of Chinese ASAT capabilities, such missiles are becoming an increasingly relevant threat in our time. Thus, this thesis also draws possible connections to Chinese military doctrine in recent years. Following this analysis of the militaristic aspects, the final section of this paper reviews the legal restrictions on ASAT missiles, including international laws and norms, whereas in all practicality no treaties or norms adequately discourage construction or use of these missiles. Thus, this thesis attempts to outline the serious security threat that is posed by ASAT missiles, particularly in regards to China.
Supervisor: Scott-Smith, Giles
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/55428
 

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