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New treaty to ban space based weapons

Posted on Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 | Comment icon 68 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A new treaty has been proposed to disallow the use of weapons in space for humans and for aliens.

The Outer Space Security and Development Treaty of 2011 invites UN members to be signatories and is designed to create a framework "that will assure and verify that space is and will remain a neutral realm from which all classes of space-based weapons are banned in perpetuity".

"The proposed space treaty has roots dating back nearly 40 years, when Rosin worked with Wernher von Braun, the "father of rocketry," who was the chief architect of the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled American astronauts to the moon."

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Comment icon #59 Posted by regeneratia on 21 March, 2011, 18:57
As if the predominant dark thoughts of our present governments world-wide could direct some outside-of-earth-and-local-dimension-and-other-timely entity with far greater intelligence and wisdom!! I mean the thought is laughable.
Comment icon #60 Posted by Taun on 21 March, 2011, 19:07
Anyone who has any understanding of even basic physics can tell you, you don't need to take weapons into space... All you need is a big rock (asteroid) and a gravity well... the Earth... Read Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"....
Comment icon #61 Posted by arenee on 21 March, 2011, 19:38
And how many of you read the Borg's lines in the 'collectives voice' in your head? (If so does that mean they are already here? ) I admit it without shame...I had fun, I even read it more than once...in the voice of course.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Druidus-Logos on 21 March, 2011, 20:30
Anyone who has any understanding of even basic physics can tell you, you don't need to take weapons into space... All you need is a big rock (asteroid) and a gravity well... the Earth... Read Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".... That's an EXCELLENT book, Taun. Nice literary taste. Indeed, why use weaponry when you could launch a small moon or asteroid at a planet? Again, they would be capable of this, with their harnessing of extreme energy levels. The fact is, if aliens get here while we haven't mastered much higher energy levels, then they can do whatever they want, regardles... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by AZDZ on 21 March, 2011, 22:56
Is this a joke, or another preliminary step towards Disclosure? Given they existed at all, how the hell could we prevent them from doing anything they wanted? Wouldn't a space weapons ban with them only make sense if they were 'at the table' too? Anyone who has any understanding of even basic physics can tell you, you don't need to take weapons into space... All you need is a big rock (asteroid) and a gravity well... the Earth... Read Robert Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress".... What if they wanted to preserve our structures for their own habitation?
Comment icon #64 Posted by Druidus-Logos on 22 March, 2011, 0:06
Is this a joke, or another preliminary step towards Disclosure? Given they existed at all, how the hell could we prevent them from doing anything they wanted? Wouldn't a space weapons ban with them only make sense if they were 'at the table' too? What if they wanted to preserve our structures for their own habitation? Well, likely, their body plans would be different, and they'd have no need for colonization. The point of banning it for them is just to show that we want peace with them. Of course we can't do anything if they don't want it. But at least it shows we're trying to do better than w... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by tlsmith1138 on 22 March, 2011, 0:21
The only reality here is, we are trying to save face by declaring we can't stop an advanced alien civilizations boy scout group from handing us our butts not because we technologically suck, but because we choose to have our butts handed to us. I'm sure the aliens will have a chuckle. . . as they take this mutha over.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Grey Area on 22 March, 2011, 2:24
No, I'm using logic. To travel the void requires vast amounts of energy. To produce that energy, you'd have to be beyond petty needs. You'd need to harness SUNS, not just planetary energy sources. Don't you see? There's no reason to harm us if you can already do that. You can do nearly anything with those energy levels. Exactly, and not a projection to future behaviour. If you think we will still be at the mercy of our history by the time we harness Sol's energy, than I'm afraid I see that as ridiculous. We are going to change ourselves as a species in order to get to that state. Human history... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by Lcvec on 22 March, 2011, 16:26
Why are most of you being so negative about this? Who cares if there is no real weight to it or if some nations won't participate or if aliens visit or not? The GOOD thing about it is that we are thinking along the right lines! The good thing is that there are many people getting together and saying something far more enlightened than those clods who shoot at UFOs! It's a 'step' in the right direction. Now look at a hypothetical. Imagine if aliens were monitoring us. Don't you think they'd be glad to see something like this? Don't you think they'd be more likely to make contact when they see u... [More]
Comment icon #68 Posted by Rlyeh on 22 March, 2011, 17:12
You'd need to harness SUNS, not just planetary energy sources. Don't you see? There's no reason to harm us if you can already do that. You can do nearly anything with those energy levels.Exactly, and not a projection to future behaviour. If you think we will still be at the mercy of our history by the time we harness Sol's energy, than I'm afraid I see that as ridiculous. We are going to change ourselves as a species in order to get to that state. Thats a bit of a jump. Harnessing the power of stars in no shape or form implies lack of aggression or hostility. We haven't harnessed the power of ... [More]


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