THE NATURE OF THINGS Takes a Look at Weaponization of Space

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When Hitler launched his V-2 missile in 1944, the weapons race in space officially began. Today, 1,000 active satellites circle the earth and most countries use satellite technology, with 45 nations owning their own orbiting satellites. However, it’s the United States that dominates as the owner and user of space systems, both civilian and military. On CBC Television’s THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, Masters of Space, airing Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), explores the emerging competition between major industrial nations to control space and delves into the role being played by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Space still inspires optimism and awe. But, in reality, are we just staking out a new war zone? For some within the U.S. Defense Department, “full spectrum of dominance” – control and dominance of land, sea, air and, more recently, space – is still the goal. But what are the realities behind these aims?

Masters of Space explores space as a “new arena for war” through unprecedented access to current and former U.S. military personnel, as well as insights from anti-weapons activists and military analysts. Space weapons feature prominently in science fiction, but how close are we to seeing real weapons systems in space? This engrossing documentary reveals the fine line that exists between space-faring and space warfare.

Masters of Space also airs Thursday, April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. ET, on CBC News Network.

Masters of Space is directed by Denis Delestrac for Lowik Media and Coptor Productions.

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