Artificial Intelligence in Space: Providing Near Real-Time Threat Analysis

Considering the growth in space technology coupled with the rise in economic interest in the arena, it is no surprise that many countries and commercial enterprises are vying for a competitive advantage against their peers. This competitive drive has forced the United States (US) to acknowledge they are no longer the dominant player in the space domain. As such, the US must develop and embrace advanced technologies to protect vital US interests in space, ensure space remains open to all, and limit hostile aggressions that hinder freedom of movement. One such technology that shows significant promise in the space domain is artificial intelligence (AI). The US can employ AI in multiple phases of space operations, including space launch and trajectory, space debris tracking, and space defense. This article will focus primarily on the employment of AI to bolster space defense capabilities. It will explore how the US can employ AI and what issues arise.

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