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Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book describes the nuances of technological development in a purely scientific manner and provides a social perspective to their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control, as well as their impact on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade—some of them for nearly two decades now—and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries.

Near Space Technology: Relevance in the Evolving Security Environment
Near space technology: Relevance in the evolving security environment

The earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched by the erstwhile Soviet Union on 4 October 1957. More than five decades have passed thereafter and mankind has made a remarkable progress in the space arena and has even conquered the moon. The space quest that started by placing the satellite into the lower earth orbit, approximately at the height of 250 km during 1957, has now reached to a stage where states have started reaching out to the ‘deep space’ region.1 Now, satellites of a few states have been positioned at a height of approximately 400,000 km which even enable observation of the moon from extremely close quarters.

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