The dual-use dilemma and high-energy systems in space

Building high-power laser installations for purposes such as the propulsion of nanoprobes to the next stars will inherently cause a security dilemma. In his chapter of Laser Propulsion in Space book, our researcher Nikola Schmidt introduces the current instruments for how humanity can overcome the problem of the social construction of insecurity based on the merely assumed power the lasers inevitably have.

The chapter shows how a cosmopolitan understanding of the objectives of the global scientific community and the emergence of Large Technical Systems can help force political powers to change their interests toward building confidence between them and, subsequently, the international security regime enabling the installation of inherently security-sensitive systems.

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