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  • Asian Space Race: Rhetoric or Reality?

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    Publisher: Springer
    ISBN 978-81-322-0732-0
    Price: 129,95 € [Buy Now] [Buy Now]

    About the Book

    This book explores the character and contours of the Asian Space Powers. At present, Asian states like China, Japan and India are found investing in space technologies with analogous social and scientific and probably with divergent military intents. Other Asian states like Israel, South Korea and Malaysia are also making investments in the space arena. States like Iran and North Korea are faulted for using space launches as a demonstrative tool to achieve strategic objectives. This work examines this entire maze of activities to unearth where these states are making these investments to accomplish their state-specific goal or are they also trying to surpass each other by engaging in competition. Explaining why and how these states are making investments towards achieving their socio-economic and strategic mandate this book infers that the possibility of Asian Space Race exists but is presently fairly diminutive.

    Contents

    Part I Introduction

    1. Structure of the Book
    2. Concept of Asia and Relevance of Space Technologies
      What Is Asia?
      Asian Context
      Political Patronage for Technology Development
      Scientific and Technological Pragmatism
      Growth of Technology in Asia
      Relevance of Space Technologies for Asia
      The Space Era and Asia
      Space Power
      Key Asian Space Players
      References
    3. Part II Asian Space Narratives

    4. West Asia’s Investments in Space Technologies
      Iran
      Israel
      Other States
      References
    5. Pakistan’s Space Capabilities
      Space Plan
      Technology Revolution
      Assessment
      References
    6. India’s Space Programme
      References
    7. East Asia’s Space Agenda
      North Korea
      South Korea
      Taiwan
      References
    8. China’s Space Programme
      Assessment
      References
    9. Japan’s Space Programme
      Organisational Structure
      Launch Vehicles
      Satellite Systems
      Space Indigenization and the US Policies
      Change in Space Policy
      Scientific Experiments and Interplanetary Missions
      Assessment
      References
    10. Space Investments: Southeast Asia
      Indonesia
      Malaysia
      Vietnam
      Other States
      References
    11. Part III Strategic Implications of Space Technologies

    12. Missile and Nuclear Conundrums
      Nuclear Pierce
      Concealed Missile Ambitions
      Missile Defence
      MIRV
      Assessment
      References
    13. Satellite Navigation and Asia
      History
      Present Generation Systems
      Asian Navigational Systems
      Japan
      China
      India
      United Nations, Asia and Navigational Network
      Appraisal
      References
    14. Deep Space Agenda
      Walking the Moon Since the 1960s
      Asian Moon Missions
      China
      Japan
      India
      ComparingMissions of Big Three
      Mission Instruments
      Deep Space Networks
      Mission Output
      Moon for What?
      Asian Mars Missions
      Strategic Significance of Deep Space Agenda
      Assessment
      References
    15. Militarisation andWeaponisation
      Prelude
      Asia’s Security Milieu
      Space Militarisation
      India
      China
      Japan
      Israel
      Other States
      Space Weaponisation
      Assessment
      References
    16. Space Shuttle and Space Station
      Background
      Japan
      China
      India
      Assessment
      References
    17. Space Power Soft Power
      Soft Power: A New Dimension of Power Dynamics
      Soft Power Relevance of Space Technology
      China’s Soft (Space) Power Persuade
      Assessment
      References
    18. Part IV Conclusion

    19. Future of Asian Space Powers
      Foretelling the Future
      Drivers of Space Programme
      Power Dynamics
      International Cooperation
      Tool for Socioeconomic Development
      Ballistic Missile Capability
      Deep Space Missions
      Economics
      Strategic Factors
      Other Important Drivers
      Scenarios
      Space Power as Soft Power
      Moon Still Not in Reach
      Wild Card: Star Wars
      Appraisal
      References
    20. Scrutinising the Race
      References
      Index
    21. Order Hard Copy

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