ASA Space Intelligence Notes
- 2010-05-12 .. US SPACE POLICY REVISION - THE END OF AN ERA
- The dramatic shift in US space policy that has been
announced by the current US President does not bode
well for the US manned space flight program in the
next few years. The US is likely to be without domestic
manned space capability for at least five years and
probably longer. The goals for manned exploration
beyond Earth orbit have been pushed back many years
(and the goal of a lunar return eliminated with the
oft repeated ludicrous argument about having done it
to dates that will make them unreal to most of
the (older) populations that support space exporation.
All of this is however is likely to be irrelevant when
the next financial crisis collapses support for any US
space program, and we sadly watch the demise of an
empire, for we can be sure that no-one else will be
as forthcoming and as generous about their space
program as the US has been since 1957.
- 2009-03-05 .. RUSSIA NEXT TO CONDUCT ASAT TEST?
- Associated Press has reported that General Valentin
Popovkin stated that Russia is working to develop anti-satellite weapons to match efforts by other nations. General Popovkin was previously chief of the
Russian Space Forces and is currently
a Deputy Defence Minister.
The former Soviet Union has in fact conducted around
20 ASAT tests in the past using co-orbital satellites,
but these comments may indicate the development of a
new, possibly ground launched missile along the lines of those employed in Chinese and US ASAT tests in the last 2+ years.
- 2008-09-11 .. FINANCIAL CRISIS TO AFFECT SPACE PROGRAMS
- The current global financial shock is bound to affect
future space programs in the USA and Europe,
particularly those in the civilian sector. Military
and national security space programs may be expected
to be affected less.