Space: The Fragile Frontier

Space: The Fragile Frontier

by Mark Williamson




Protection of the space environment—for the study of and use by successive generations of explorers and developers—is an important concept that has yet to enter the collective consciousness of the space community. This book illustrates the relevance of the space environment to science, commerce, and the individual, and explains why we should consider protecting some of its unique properties and most significant territories.

Space: The Fragile Frontier is the first book to draw together the recognized issues of Earth orbital debris and planetary protection, set them in the context of space law and ethical policies, and encourage a balance between desirable expansion into space and protection of the space environment. It calls for a sustainable approach to space exploration and development.

Space: The Fragile Frontier is aimed at scientists, engineers, and policymakers with an interest in space exploration and development, and students who intend to develop a career in a space-related subject. You may not agree with everything you read, but it will change the way you think about space and everything we do there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563477768
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Publication date: 04/28/2006
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Williamson is an independent Space Technology Consultant advising the space industry and the space insurance community. A Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer, he has more than 25 years' experience in satellite communications engineering, technical management and space consultancy.

As a technical author, he has written some 350 articles on many aspects of space technology, and several dozen papers on subjects as diverse as space law, space education and space history. He has also served as the editor of three international space industry magazines.

His other books include The Cambridge Dictionary of Space Technology and a student text, The Communications Satellite.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Space as a Frontier
  • Space as an Environment
  • The Earth�s Orbital Environment
  • The Planetary Bodies
  • The Legal Dimension
  • The Ethical Dimension
  • Scenario A: Develop and be Damned
  • Scenario B: Control and Confine
  • Scenario C: Balance and Benefit
  • The Case for Protection of the Space
  • Environment
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Appendices

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