Space arms treaty should consider threat posed by debris, says EU

As featured in Radio France Internationale



“From the Cold War and onwards we’ve seen the US, Russia and China exploring anti-satellite missiles,” says Alexandra Stickings, who works on space policy and security at Britain’s Royal United Services Institute. “We’ve also seen a move towards non-kinetic threats to satellites. These are things like lasers that can be used to dazzle optical sensors; micro-frequencies that can be used to interfere with electronics and disable or disrupt satellites without necessarily destroying them. “The problem is that it’s very difficult to define what a weapon in space is – and this is why the current treaties don’t cover any of this.”