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International Cooperation in Space, from USSR to Russia


This chapter presents a historical overview of international cooperation in space during the period of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and to the present days of the Russian Federation. The post-Soviet era and current international cooperation in space are described through interviews with people who were or still are involved in the joint [...]

Space as a Catalyst for International Political Cooperation


At a recent symposium held at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France, the topic of the International Space Station (ISS) was discussed in a broad context. One of the presenters, highlighting the international character of this project, made the statement that if the ISS had been operational by the beginning of the twentieth [...]

Perspectives on Improving United States International Space Cooperation


There is a powerful case to be made for the United States to conduct international space cooperation activities. In this chapter, we will discuss how cooperation allows a nation to leverage resources and reduce risk; improve efficiency; expand international engagement; and enhance diplomatic prestige of engaged states, political sustainability and workforce stability. Unfortunately, although the [...]