The development and exploration of space are technical engineering and scientific pursuits. However, politics determine which space programmes and projects are pursued, and establish cost, performance and schedule parameters for these ends. The goal of this volume is to provide an overview of the politics of space with regard to national space efforts, and the role played by national and international organizations.
The Politics of Space: A Survey includes essays written by experts in the field, which explore a variety of issues, including the Politics of Space, National Security Space, Developed Space Programmes, Moderate Space Powers, Commercial Space Actors, International Organizations in Civil Space Affairs, Non-governmental Space Organizations and Public Sector Actors. Following the essays a comprehensive glossary of cross-referenced entries focuses on space organizations, including national space agencies, governmental organizations with a role in space, intergovernmental organizations, space and aerospace companies, satellite communications service companies and non-governmental organizations.
Illustrations and documentation, comprising figures, tables and documentation on key issues of space politics are also included. Important figures include: models of space political processes; issues related to national security space management, challenges and environment; geopolitics of space; the dynamics of relations between the government and commercial space sectors. Tables of significance highlight programmatic attributes of national security space, comparisons in the development of space programmes among states worldwide, and the functions and roles of international organizations that deal with space. Documentation covers texts of space policy and law related to the regime of international space law, European space programmes and a number of other organizations.
Part I: Essays
Politics of Space - Eligar Sadeh
National Security Space - Peter L. Hays
Developed Space Programmes - Laurence Nardon
Moderate Space Powers - Wade L. Huntley
Commercial Space Actors - David Chen and Molly K. Macauley
International Organizations in Civil Space Affairs - Henry R. Hertzfeld
Non-governmental Space Organizations - James A. Vedda
Public Sector Actors - Roger B. Handberg
Part II: A – Z Glossary: Survey of major space organizations in the civil, commercial and military space sectors - Eligar Sadeh and Cristian Sadeh
Part III: Figures and Tables - Compiled and developed by Eligar Sadeh