The Cusp of War in Space – Scientific American

China, Russia and the U.S. are developing and testing controversial new capabilities to wage war in Earth orbit. 

The world’s most worrisome military flash point is arguably not in the Taiwan Strait, the Korean peninsula, Iran, Israel, Kashmir or Ukraine. In fact, it cannot be located on any globe. The contested territory? The no-man’s-land of Earth’s orbit, where a conflict is unfolding that is an arms race in all but name.

About 1,300 active satellites now reside in the region of outer space immediately surrounding our planet, where they provide worldwide communications, GPS navigation, weather forecasting, and more. Continue reading this story over at Scientific American Online. For commissions, syndication’s or to be added to our occasional mailing list please contact