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Vol 22 No 2 Feb/March 2017

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Heaven and Earth: Civilian Uses of Near-Earth Space

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ISBN13: 9789041102621
ISBN: 9041102620
Published: January 1997
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £165.00

Near-Earth space extends to geosynchronous orbits where satellites remain faithfully over a fixed spot on the ground. This volume describes many of the activities going on within this area, and their prospects for changing the way we live, communicate and travel on Earth.

These activities include: meteorology; seismic and crop-yield predictions; environmental monitoring; communication of all sorts; guidance and navigation; medical and educational services; treaty verification and photographic reconnaissance; news gathering; scientific observation across the entire electromagnetic spectrum; prospecting; remote sensing; and monitoring of human activities.

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Part 1 Background: the collapse of SDI, K. Tsipis; building a technological infrastructure for the next 25 years in space, P. Shawcross.
Part 2 Industrial activities: business decision-making for the commercialization of space, P. Schwartz, et al; financing of space business, J. Simonoff.
Part 3 Science: exploration of the universe - science and technology, G. Field and J. McDowell.
Part 4 Earth-oriented activities: the future of satellite communications, R.T. McNutt; the use of remote sensing imagery by the news media, R. Aamoth; remote sensing capabilities, D. Staelin and J. Kerekes; remote sensing policy in transition - charting a new path for the Landsat programme, G.E. Brown; uses of satellite navigation and positioning, G. Gibbons; using outer space to ensure peace on Earth - satellites for arms control monitoring and crisis management, D. Dallmeyer.
Part 5 Summary and recommendations: why do we have a civil space programme?, J. Pike.