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Linda Dawson, former NASA flight control engineer and senior lecturer emeritus, is now sharing her knowledge as an author.

War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind our next Conflict Theater

Published by Springer. Available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

War in Space: The Science and Technology Behind our next Conflict TheaterHow would a war in space be conducted? Now that spaceflight and satellites have become more commonplace, the region of outer space contains vital technology used for communication and surveillance and the functioning of business and government. What will happen if these capabilities are disrupted or even destroyed? What would happen if a full-scale blackout of satellite communications occurred?  What can and has happened if a satellite is destroyed, creating thousands of fragments orbiting Earth as space debris? The vision is alarming. A historical perspective provides context for this discussion. Scenarios that could lead to crippling results in the aftermath of deliberate aggressive actions are described. Certain technologies can be used to gain power and control over countries assets as well as initiate war in the theater of outer space. The technology and science instrumental in disarming a country’s vital capabilities is investigated as well as a political discussion of what countries have these abilities and who has already demonstrated aggressive actions in space. Finally, the book also addresses the research and use of space technology to protect Earth from enemies interested in destroying a country’s vital systems.

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The Politics and Perils of Space Exploration: Who Will Compete, Who Will Dominate?

Published by Springer. Available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

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  • Written by a graduate from NASA Langley Research Center, this book offers a complete overview of all of NASA’s next steps in space, including how future space exploration is to be funded and how space tourism is to be regulated
  • Summarizes future space exploration plans in development both in the US and abroad, including the increased shift to space privatization as changes in NASA’s mission bring it into partnership with commercial space companies
  • Considers the U.S. political climate regarding its tolerance for risk in space travel and whether the US will continue to invest in the space arena, as the SpaceShip Two crash illustrates why mistakes become deadly

Written by a former Aerodynamics Officer on the space shuttle program, this book provides a complete overview of the “new” U. S. space program, which has changed considerably over the past 50 years.The future of space exploration has become increasingly dependent on other countries and private enterprise.

Can private enterprise fill NASA’s shoes and provide the same expertise, safety measures and lessons learned?

In order to tell this story, it is important to understand the politics of space as well as the dangers, why it is so difficult to explore and utilize the resources of space. Some past and recent triumphs and failures will be discussed, pointing the way to a successful space policy that includes taking risks but also learning how to mitigate them.

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