Return Of The Space Cowboy

Hey, the new US National Space policy is out! Oh, you hadn’t heard? Well, that’s no surprise, because the incumbent administration didn’t make much of a song and dance over it, choosing instead to slip it out quietly last Friday (October 6th). Analysis seems to suggest it is a fairly hawkish piece of work, which is unsurprising. The telling parts are the ones that lay out the classic “don’t tread on me” attitude – for example: “Proposed arms control agreements or restrictions must not impair the rights of the United States to conduce research, development, testing and operations or other activities in space for U.S. national interests.” Plenty of scope for ‘creative interpretation’ in there.