Journal Article - Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Current and Future Military Uses of Space

| 1986

 

The civilian space program is a cultural activity, designed to express people’s
sense of adventure, the progress of technology, and national prowess. Eco-
nomic or scientific utility is not the standard applied in designing the civilian
space program, despite some hopeful talk about growing crystals and per-
forming electrophoretic separations at zero g. The military space program is
completely different. In our military program, the benchmark of success is
not technological advance or novelty, but military capability and related na-
tional security.

 

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For Academic Citation: Carter, Ashton B.. Current and Future Military Uses of Space.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 489. no. 1. (1986):
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