A Global Space Policy that would revive Space Exploration

Sharma, Tanay, Chatwin, Chris, Young, Rupert and Birch, Philip (2011) A Global Space Policy that would revive Space Exploration. In: Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST) 2011, 9-11th June, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Almost every nation today relies on space-based technology for communications, weather forecasting, satellite navigation and resource management, either through ndigenous
programs or through programs run by its allies. As such, it is safe to say that every country is a space-faring nation. However,when it comes to space science and technology, attention must be directed towards countries that possess the ability to launch payloads. Russia, Japan, China, ESA, India, Israel, Iran and the United States form an exclusive club of nations that not only possess launch capability but also dominate research and development in space sciences. With the exception of the ESA, whose space policy is dictated by its member states and primarily serves the EU, all other countries have national space programs governed by a dedicated space policy. However, all states including the EU have the following objectives in common:
1. Development and exploitation of space applications to serve the state’s public policy objectives,
2. Ensuring that the state’s national security and defense
needs are met with regards to space,
3. Securing unrestricted access to critical technologies allowing states to pursue independent applications, and
4. To further international collaboration between likeminded
nations through improved coordination of international activities and by setting in place a better mechanism for sharing of resources.
Whilst the above nations agree in principal to the UN Outer
Space Treaty, and they all consider space as a vital resource for ensuring national security. As such, any application or development of critical technologies is used primarily to bolster a state’s national defense capability. Current national space programs run by these countries cover various commercial, civilian and military aspects. This cross discipline research and development has led to an extremely integrated industrial base, where drawing a line between civilian and military programs is often impossible. This hazy line has often hindered technology transfer even in commercial applications as companies grapple with stringent export control regulations. With respect to the United States, whilst ITAR has ensured that critical technology is not transferred without the states consent, many in Washington agree that the regulation fails to meet its objectives and must be overhauled. It has also hindered US companies wanting to sell their products outside the United States, prompting other nations to develop indigenous technologies and market them as ITARfree.

Although it is safe to assume that research and development with regards to space will be dominated by the United States and its partners in Europe for the foreseeable future, the recent recession has caused financial strains on both sides of the Atlantic causing drastic changes with regards to space budgets and the future outlook for both NASA and ESA. This paper briefly discusses why emerging nations might consider investing in a national space program, and factors that would determine its success. It also focuses on how the establishment of a global space program could prove to be an innovative and cost-effective way of ensuring a robust space industry that serves the social and political objectives of member nations whilst promoting a global technological base that fosters innovation, growth and sustainable development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Print ISBN: 9781424496174 INSPEC Accession Number: 12138107 Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/RAST.2011.5966963
Keywords: China , ESA , India , Iran , Israel , Japan , NASA , Russia , UN Outer Space Treaty , United States , communications , critical technology , financial strain , global space policy , global technological base , international activity coordination , international collaboration , launch capability , national space program , political objectives , resource management , resource sharing , satellite navigation , social objectives , space budget , space exploration , space industry , space science , space-based technology , space-faring nation , state defense needs , state national security , state public policy objectives , weather forecasting
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL0787 Astronautics. Space travel
Depositing User: Tan Sharma
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 15:50
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2012 08:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6958
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