Crowded Orbits: Book summary and reviews of Crowded Orbits by James Clay Moltz

Crowded Orbits

Conflict and Cooperation in Space

by James Clay Moltz

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Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers. This book offers general readers a valuable primer on space policy from an international perspective. It examines the competing themes of space competition and cooperation while providing readers with an understanding of the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, science, and military applications.

The recent expansion of human space activity poses new challenges to existing treaties and other governance tools for space, increasing the likelihood of conflict over a diminishing pool of beneficial locations and resources close to Earth. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience in international space policy debates, James Clay Moltz examines possible avenues for cooperation among the growing pool of space actors, considering their shared interests in space traffic management, orbital debris control, division of the radio frequency spectrum, and the prevention of military conflict. Moltz concludes with policy recommendations for enhanced international collaboration in space situational awareness, scientific exploration, and restraining harmful military activities.

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"Starred Review. Moltz has written a concise, accessible, and very timely account of the history of space development, and the possible futures we could build for ourselves." - Publishers Weekly

"James Clay Moltz provides a broad audience with a long-needed book that explains 'space basics,' the importance of space to the general public, the challenges of operating in space, and the political conundrums of international cooperation and competition in space - and in language laymen can understand." - Joan Johnson-Freese, U.S. Naval War College

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James Clay Moltz

James Clay Moltz is a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and holds a joint appointment in the Department of National Security Affairs and the Space Systems Academic Group. He is the author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests and Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks. He has appeared on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" and has written on space topics for the Boston Globe, Nature, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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