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Arrow If China and the US Claim the Same Moon-Base Site, Who Wins?

If China and the US Claim the Same Moon-Base Site, Who Wins?
By: Tara Copp - Defense One News & Science & Tech - 08-07-21

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The Cislunar Highway Patrol System (CHPS) is a spaceflight experiment designed to demonstrate foundational space domain awareness capabilities in the cislunar regime. AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY GRAPHIC

Relatively few craters are attractive, and there’s no consensus about avoiding conflict over them.

There’s a not-so-quiet race back to the moon underway, but the two largest factions, with China and Russia on one side, and the United States and its partners on the other, are not recognizing each others’ proposed rules on what’s allowed once they get there.

Lawmakers and space policy analysts are concerned: How do you avoid conflict in space if the international laws and policies on Earth no longer apply?

“Many terrestrial military doctrines are not applicable in space, or at least not as applicable. If you get beyond 50 miles, or at least 62 miles, suddenly different rules apply. We need to start being aware of that,” Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn, said.

There’s already some aggressive international elbowing over the rules of satellite operations. As with the moon, there’s no consensus yet on how to respond to aggression in Earth orbit, the head of U.S. Space Command Gen. James Dickinson told attendees at last week’s Sea Air Space conference.

“The behavior of some of our adversaries in space may surprise you,” Dickinson said. “If similar actions have been taken in other domains, they'd likely be considered provocative, aggressive, or maybe even irresponsible. And in response, the U.S. government would take corresponding actions using all levers of national power, a demarche, or a sanction or something to indicate we won't tolerate that type of behavior, but we're not quite there yet in space policy.”

Note: Also on site: Are three related link articles: If interested?

a. How 3D Printing with Moonrock-Like Material Could Lead to New Space Habitats

b. NASA’s Moon-Exploring Artemis Program Will Move Forward Under Biden

c. US Space Policy Should Aim to Preserve Advantage on the New Frontiera.


Personal note: Sure wish I could've be re-born in my next life to go into space. I've always been a Sci-Fi nut case even as a kid. In fact I'm still a kid when watching sci-fi movies. Sure hope we don't blow up the moon fighting for moon dust & rocks.

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