A few weeks ago, Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying an unmanned Dragon capsule destined for the International Space Station (ISS) exploded. The explosion was likely caused by a failed strut. In October of last year, Orbital Sciences had a rocket destined for the ISS explode for unrelated reasons, just after they were awarded a $1.9 billion contract with NASA. In the wake of these incidents, it may be time to assess the implications of private sector involvement in state-sponsored space programs.
One of they key commons of tomorrow and an out-of-sight battleground for geopolitical rivalries and national aggrandizement, space deserves a lot more attention than it gets. To put the spotlight on this overlooked issue, we present to you the ISN Digital Library holdings on the keyword ‘Space‘- let us know what you found particularly interesting and enjoy exploring the true frontier of international affairs.
Some highlights include:
- A European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) paper on why NATO should care about space, highlighting the potential of ‘space assets’.
- Another ESPI paper on how to combat piracy using space applications.
- One more paper from ESPI looking at the economic potential of space.
- A Center for International Policy Studies paper on US space security policy.
- A Congressional Research Service Report on the future of NASA and US space exploration.