The development and exploration of space are scientific and engineering 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, The Politics of Space: A Survey, is to provide an overview of the politics of space with regard to national space efforts, and national and international organizations.
• essays, written by experts in the field, which explore a variety of issues, including 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.
• a comprehensive A – Z Glossary of cross-referenced entries 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. Important figures include: models of space political processes; issues related to national security space management, challenges and environment; geopolitics of space; and the dynamics of relations between the governmental and commercial space sectors. Tables of significance highlight programmatic attributes of national security space, comparisons in the development of space programmes among states world-wide, and the functions and roles of international organizations that deal with space.
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