Space Majors: Towards New Deals
International Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2014, Pages: 81-87
Received: Nov. 4, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 16, 2014; Published: Dec. 22, 2014
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Bertrand de Montluc, Senior Member of Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics (France), Member of the European Academy of Air & Space, Former Director at the French Space Agency CNES, Lecturer at Paris University Sciences Po, international college (Scientific Humanities), Le Havre, France
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Abstract
Space is nowadays conceived not only as important for scientific, cultural or security motivations but as a symbol of modernity, of political identity and as a strategic instrument on the international scene. That represents a new challenge for Europe puzzled by the weakening American leadership, the uncertainties of the Russian complex and the rise of the Asiatic nations. In such a context, while too many space policy experts see the space policies of the major space powers as rather conservative and “as usual”, the author cross examines in five points the main policy lines of the space strategies of the US, Russia, China and Europe. Many things have changed in the last ten years and there are today new dynamics at work. Considering these evolutions, it is suggested to start thinking to the future policy lines of the major space powers: towards a broader competition, or the beginning of a new rationale for international co-operation?
Keywords
Space Exploration Long Term Strategies, Space Competition Rationale and Trends, International Space Policies, Space Powers
To cite this article
Bertrand de Montluc, Space Majors: Towards New Deals, International Journal of Astrophysics and Space Science. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 81-87. doi: 10.11648/j.ijass.20140206.11
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