Military Uses of Outer Space

ABOUT This issue guide is focused on the use of space systems to support military activities on Earth. (For information on the potential use of force or warfighting in outer space, explore Issue Guides related to the security of outer space). By introducing satellite imagery and space-based electronic intelligence collection, the space age broke new

Ground-Based Weapons: Kinetic Antisatellite Weapons

ABOUT Although not often included in the category of “space weapons,” ground-based capabilities are the most common systems used to interfere with, damage, or destroy satellites. Ground-based antisatellite weapons (ASATs) direct kinetic, nuclear, or directed-energy force from Earth to targets in space. Satellite systems can also be the subjects of Earth-based electromagnetic and cyber interference.