May 27, 2022

US aims to ban anti-satellite missile tests

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The US has announced that it will not conduct further destructive anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests, in a move that seeks to shape norms for the responsible use of outer space and curtail further militarization of the increasingly contested domain.

In an April 18 speech at Vandenberg Space Force Base, US Vice President Kamala Harris stated that the US has committed not to conduct destructive direct-ascent anti-satellite missile testing in the future.

“Simply put, these tests are dangerous, and we will not conduct them,” Harris said. She also expressed hope that other nations will follow the US’ lead in stopping ASAT tests.

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