Book Launch Event: Original Sin: Power, Technology, and War in Outer Space

Everyone is warmly invited to join Dr. Bleddyn Bowen for a book launch with HyPIR and the Third Nuclear Age Project on Thursday 10th November 2022, 15:30-16:30, Brookfield Lecture Theatre 2, on the Brookfield campus.

Dr Bleddyn Bowen is launching his new book this autumnOriginal Sin: Power, Technology and War in Outer Space, with Hurst Publishers. He will talk about the book for around 30 minutes followed by Q&A.

Book Description

Space technology was developed to enhance the killing power of the state. The Moon landings and the launch of the Space Shuttle were mere sideshows, drawing public attention away from the real goal: military and economic control of space as a source of power on Earth.

Today, as Bleddyn E. Bowen vividly recounts, thousands of satellites work silently in the background to provide essential military, intelligence and economic capabilities. No major power can do without them. Beyond Washington, Moscow and Beijing, truly global technologies have evolved, from the ground floor of the nuclear missile revolution to today’s orbital battlefield, shaping the wars to come. World powers including India, Japan and Europe are fully realising the strategic benefits of commanding Earth’s ‘cosmic coastline’, as a stage for war, development and prestige.

Yet, as new contenders spend more and more on outer space, there is scope for cautious optimism about the future of the Space Age—if we can recognise, rather than hide, its original sin.

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