quote: Picture this: a TV commercial featuring a space station orbiting overhead where people speak Russian and laugh at capitalists back on Earth. How scary - or at least that's what the McDonnell Douglas public affairs folks wanted everyone else to think back in 1988. Flash forward nearly 20 years. McDac is gone. And the space station with Russians on board? Well, we're up there with them. And the capitalists who actually use a space station? They speak Russian - and they are still laughing at us back on Earth because we can't commercialize much (if anything) on the ISS.
quote: USA outlined its ambitions and actually stated it has the right to stop other nations from accessing space.
quote: Both USA and Russia have this capability to shoot down a satellite. As far as I know they tested such systems in mid 80s. And are now working on next generation systems based on lasers.
quote: This is why our new policy reiterates the long-standing principle that the U.S. is committed to the free access and use of space by all nations ...