Physics of War in Space: How Orbital Dynamics Constrain Space-to-Space Engagements
While there has never been a battle in space, we can still gauge what a war in space might look like. It would not be like the movies with intense dogfights. Instead space-based threats would be un-crewed and require slow and deliberate planning to get into position. Compared with the timing and flexibility limitations of on-orbit weapons, ground-based threats afford substantially shorter engagement execution timelines and the prospect of more numerous shots. The more we can internalize these insights, the better we can understand the stakes of a geopolitical fight in space.
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Senior Project Engineer, Space Enterprise
Dr. Rebecca Reesman is a project engineer for National Security Space Programs, Policy, and Oversight at The Aerospace Corporation, where she supports government customers in the national security community.