With approximately 1,400 operational satellites currently in orbit, outer space is deeply embedded in our lives, from the ways we communicate to how we run companies. The importance of outer space will only accelerate as new disruptive technologies, from microsatellites and reusable rockets, to China and SpaceX, reshape international relations and the way we direct our global industries amidst evolving security concerns. Survey some of the political questions and dilemmas we will have to confront as humans continue their expansion into “the final frontier.”
GREGOR SHARP (PhD Candidate) is a graduate political science student at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the international relations of frontiers. His previous research focused primarily on the Arctic, and he continues to work as a research associate and editor with The Arctic Institute.