More than fifty years since the dawn of the Space Age and twenty years since the end of the Cold War, space affairs and politics remain interlinked. Space activities are increasingly tied to national power for major world powers, and political objectives are still the driving force for most space activities. Yet in an ever more globalized and competitive multipolar world, status and power that arise from the employment and access to the most advanced technologies are now widely perceived as key to the powers and standings of states. The importance of space activities is increasing, transitioning in terms of perception by today’s world leaders from a “nice to have” to a “need to have” status. A sound understanding of the nature and exploitation of space power is critical for Europe as it provides tangible and intangible benefits back on Earth that allow Europe to maintain its position in the global “space hierarchy” in the 21st Century.
"The New Space Order: Why Space Power Matters for Europe,"
Space and Defense: Vol. 4:
0, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/spaceanddefense/vol4/iss0/4
Asian Studies Commons, Aviation and Space Education Commons, Defense and Security Studies Commons, Eastern European Studies Commons, International Relations Commons, Leadership Studies Commons, Near and Middle Eastern Studies Commons, Nuclear Engineering Commons, Science and Technology Studies Commons, Space Vehicles Commons