Precursor to an African Space Agency: Commentary on Dr Peter Martinez "Is there a need for an African Space Agency?"

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Abstract

In 2012 a working group was established to formulate the African space policy and strategy which would lead to the establishment of an African Space Agency (ASA). Dr Peter Martinez asserts in his article "Is there a need for an African Space Agency?" [1] that the arguments that have been posited in support of an ASA are flawed; namely the arguments of the existing example of the European Space Agency (ESA), and that an ASA would lead to fostering competition, synergy, industrial development and capacity building. While this viewpoint agrees that all the perfect conditions may not exist at present for the creation of an ASA, it addresses some of the issues raised by Martinez, and proposes ideas to foster intra-regional cooperation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalSpace Policy
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African Space Agency
  • African space policy
  • Developing countries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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