Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 9, Number 14, November 2019

Chinese & Iranian Artificial Intelligence in Low Earth Orbit to THAAD Space Wars


Rory Lewis, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA


This paper addresses what the role of artificial intelligence will be in low earth orbit (LEO) and space war is and specifically, what China and Iran’s latest research in artificial intelligence on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for LEO space war domains has been, is, and strives to become. The author first presents testimony from scholars and space research scientists from many countries who all categorically state, without a trace of doubt, that all future space warfare will be in satellites and unmanned UAVs and how they in turn will rely heavily on artificial intelligence. This paper includes an analysis on China’s strengths in space artificial intelligence and, Iran’s systematic approach or arming its UAVs. The second portion of this research drills down into what are the specific mathematical theoretical research areas of artificial research for LEO space wars in various countries, including China. The author concludes with research strategies that will combat China’s dominance of space wars.


Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Space War, Chinese artificial intelligence