Space Review Looks at Defense, Space Shuttle and Sending Humans Beyond LEO

Space shuttle Atlantis lands on runway 33 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility concluding the STS-129 mission. Photo credit: NASA Jack Pfaller

In The Space Review this week:

  • Doris Hamill explains why President Obama’s plan for NASA to explore multiple destinations beyond LEO using new technologies will require a new spirit of cooperation between the operational and research sides of NASA.
  • Taylor Dinerman examines the prospects and possibilities of NASA flying an additional space shuttle mission beyond the three already scheduled.
  • Recent events like an ASAT test and satellite collision have illustrated the importance of space situational awareness to keep track of the growing number of objects in orbit. Jeff Foust reports on one spacecraft planned for launch this year that will aid those efforts.
  • India has shown recent interest in developing not just a missile defense system but also an ASAT capability. Victoria Samson analyzes these developments and their implications for space security.