The Downlink: [ Nov 19, ’21] Russia’s ASAT Test, More Than a Satellite Smash-up


This week’s episode take a closer look at Monday’s Russian anti-satellite missile test and the debris field it caused, which forced the seven astronauts and cosmonauts on board the International Space Station to take cover. Jamie Shea, who after three decades with NATO, and having served as that organization’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, says he does not believe the ASAT test is a coincidence, but part of an effort to keep the Allies on the back foot as tensions rise on Eastern Europe’s border with Russia. Daniel Dumbacher, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’s Executive Director and U.K. Amb. Aidan Liddle discuss their efforts to codify norms of behavior and what’s at stake if governments do not agree to a set of rules for space.

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