Military Use of the International Space Station
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This thesis examines the legal issues and implications surrounding the potential military use of the permanently manned international space station. In order to accurately analyze and predict possible military missions for the station, knowledge of the evolution of the manned military role in outer space, the development of United States policy regarding the military use of the medium, and the characteristics and capabilities of the space station itself, are all essential. Chapters I and II address these subjects. The provisions of the specific legal instruments governing the space station are reviewed and discussed in Chapters III and IV. The final chapter examines what role international space law will play in governing the military use of the station. A brief conclusion assesses the liklihood of certain military uses in light of practical, legal, and political constraints. Theses.
- Manned Spacecraft