Space Exploration

Aspiring Space Nations

Small Programs with Large Goals

Authors: Pirard, Theo, Cosyn, Philippe

  • Documents, for the first time, the space programs of around 50 small, aspiring space nations
  • A great reference source for libraries, space agencies, engineers, and anyone interested in humankind's progress as a spacefaring world
  • Describes the kinds of cooperation taking place between developing and developed nations
  • Documents the scale, cost, and timescale of the production of satellites worldwide
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“Aspiring Space Nations” documents, with illustrations, tables, references, and indices, the significant parts played by around 50 small countries in the worldwide development of space science and technology. It explains the political reasons, strategic importance, influence on education and politics, and the long-term future of these nations' will to challenge this “new frontier.” The authors review and report on the national efforts in space that are being developed in the world outside of the powerful players of the USA, Russia, China, Europe, and Japan and the emerging space powers of Brazil, Israel, Iran, South Korea and North Korea, among others. The book gives inside views of small and medium-sized nations pushing ahead with their space activities in the high-tech fields of energy, manufacturing, and transportation. Many of these nations are acquiring experience and knowledge through international partnerships and by technology transfer.

This book show how the use of space is considered a strong stimulus to create high added-value products and services at national, regional, and global levels. Space gives birth to profitable businesses and many new jobs in research and applications and thus fuels the growing interest in developing countries to acquire the systems to exploit the world of space for domestic purposes and for international power and prestige. “Aspiring Space Nations” examines the space programs of a growing number of nations who are now able to send satellites into space without having their own launch facilities.

About the authors

Henk Smid has studied space systems and technologies since the early 1970’s. He writes for national and international magazines and was Editor-in-Chief of the Dutch space magazine “Ruimtevaart” (“Space”) for eight years. He lectures on space systems and technologies, space risks analyses and management. He is the founder, owner, and senior space consultant of “ribs” Space Consultancy and Insurance / Data Banking and Control (ribs SC&I/DB&C).

Henk has been published in the “Earth Space Review,” “Intermediar,” “Nature and Technology,” “Spaceflight Magazine,” and has written numerous articles for The Netherlands Space Society. For NATO, Henk wrote the original “Space Systems Handbook” and was custodian for this book for seven years.  He is also co-author of the title “Emerging Space Powers” with Brian Harvey, and Théo Pirard (Springer, 2010).

Théo Pirard graduated with a degree in History and Education from the Catholic University of Louvain. From 1972 to 2002, he worked as professor of history and space exploration, then moved on to Vice Director of Institut Notre-Dame de Jupile, a secondary school near Liege. He heavily participated in the establishment and management of the European Space Center Belgium, a unique educational facility in Europe. He is a consultant to the Belgian science policy office at the Space Center and for the Belgian Forum “Space and Education.” Théo was a co-author to the title “Emerging Space Powers” along with Brian Harvey and Henk Smid (Springer, 2010).

Philippe Cosyn has been active as a freelance writer on international affairs, defense, and space since the early 1980s, writing for a number of Belgian dailies and periodicals. He wrote three reports for the European Parliament on behalf of the Centrist Democrat International related to the international issues, including nuclear proliferation.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Aspiring Space Nations
Book Subtitle
Small Programs with Large Goals
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5953-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
50 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
Topics