Spies in the Sky

Surveillance Satellites in War and Peace

Pat Norris

Spies in the Sky Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the contribution made by satellites to society has been enormous: instant awareness of sporting, political, and human events across the globe; immediate communication undreamt of 50 years ago; and the chance to see close-ups of planets and stars and share the excitement of astronauts in space. But this book casts a spotlight on a little-known aspect of the Space Age – the military dimension.

Today, military satellites represent 25 percent of all satellites in orbit. In Spies in the Sky, Pat Norris argues that the development of satellites has prevented nuclear Armageddon. He believes that the ‘race to the Moon’ between the two superpowers was a side effect of the Cold War, and that the most important event was the use of satellites by military powers to prevent the Cold War becoming a ‘hot war.’ He then focuses on the regional tensions of today, and looks ahead to what the future holds – a time when satellites could be the only defense against a nervous nuclear power using its nuclear weapons needlessly.

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Extent: 240 pages
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-387-71672-5

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