CHOICE Recommended Title, March 2019

This book brings together diverse new perspectives on current and emerging themes in space risk, covering both the threats to Earth-based activities arising from space events (natural and man-made), and those inherent in space activity itself. Drawing on the latest research, the opening chapters explore the dangers from asteroids and comets; the impact of space weather on critical technological infrastructure on the ground and in space; and the more uncertain threats posed by rare hazards further afield in the Milky Way.

Contributors from a wide range of disciplines explore the nature of these risks and the appropriate engineering, financial, legal, and policy solutions to mitigate them. The coverage also includes an overview of the space insurance market; engineering and policy perspectives on space debris and the sustainability of the space environment. The discussion then examines the emerging threats from terrorist activity in space, a recognition that space is a domain of war, and the challenges to international cooperation in space governance from the nascent asteroid mining industry.


  • Discusses developments and risks relevant to the public and private sectors as access to the space environment expands
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach blending science, technology, and policy
  • Presents a high-level international focus, with contributions from academics, policy makers, and commercial space consultants

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 3|40 pages

Space Weather

The Sun as a Natural Hazard

chapter 4|28 pages

Hazards and Habitability

Galactic Perspectives

chapter 5|37 pages

Space Debris

Risk and Mitigation

chapter 7|23 pages

Space Sustainability

chapter 10|25 pages

Managing the Resource Revolution

Space Law in the New Space Age